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Classification

  • belongs to dormice (Gliridae) a family of rodents
  • Scientific Name: Eliomys quercinus

The garden dormouse may be confused with its relatives in the dormouse family: the edible dormouse (Glis glis) and the hazel dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius).

Appearance

  • distinctive black mask through the eyes (“dressed like a bandit”)
  • reddish-brown to-grey coloured fur
  • Flanks and belly white
  • Hairy tail with long-haired tassel at the end

Size

  • Body length 12-17 cm
  • Taillum length 10-14 cm

Weight

  • 60-90 g
  • Up to more than 130 g before hibernation

© Rudi Leitl

Der Gartenschläfer hält Winterschlaf etwa von Oktober bis April.

Dormouse year

  • Its extensive hibernation lasts from October to April in tree hollows and rock crevices, but also in walls, buildings and caves
  • Garden dormice are almost exclusively nocturnal. They spend the day in spherical nests, which they build in tree hollows, nestboxes but also in the bushes

Offspring

  • After a gestation period of 21 to 23 days, the females give birth to 4 to 6 babies in the period from May to July
  • With about 40 days, the juveniles are independent

Age

  • In captivity up to 5 years, in freedom less    

Food

  • Omnivores, especially insects, spiders, worms, snails and eggs but also fruits, seeds and buds