In 1902 Walter Rotheschild introduced these mammals into the grounds of his home
at Tring park. However they where originally brought here by the romans who did not
let them free in their gardens but kept them in earthenware pots called glirarium
and ate them as a snack. Hence the word edible in the name.
They are the largest of all dormice with a body length of 6 inches and another 6
for the tail they look like small squirrels.
They hibernate for about seven months of the year, waking in June to raise one litter
of 5-6 but sometimes up to 10 young.
They are nocturnal creatures who are primarily herbivores, eating fruit berries and
nuts, but just as squirrels make good use of the bird table.
Glis Glis are protected in so much as a licence is required to trap them, but once
caught they must not be released in the wild.