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Edible dormouse

The edible dormouse or fat dormouse (Glis glis) is a small dormouse and the only species in the genus Glis. It was farmed and eaten by the ancient Romans, from which it gains its name. The dormice were kept and raised either in large pits or containers. The containers were not completely unlike contemporary hamster cages. The dormice would finally be cooked and eaten, usually as a snack.

Wild edible dormice are consumed in Slovenia, where they are considered a rare delicacy.

The edible dormouse lives in continental Europe and has been introduced to the Chilterns of England. In England, the edible dormouse population is concentrated in a 200-square-mile range.

Edible dormouse


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