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Gliridae - dormice, hazel mice

Garden DormouseThere are 28 species in this family. They are found in Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Most dormice look like small squirrels or mice. They are small to medium-sized rodents with soft, thick fur; rounded ears; big eyes; short legs; clawed feet; and most species have bushy tails.

Dormice usually have two litters a year, in the spring and in the summer. Litter size is between 2-10 young.

Most dormice species are arboreal and spend most of their time in trees. Species found in colder climates may hibernate in the winter. Dormice eat fruit, nuts, seeds, invertebrates, birds, and eggs.

The dormouse is a famous character in Lewis Carrol's book, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland! In the famous tea party scene, the dormouse keeps falling asleep.

World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in Wild extinctExtinct
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist. If no status is listed, there is not enough data to establish status.

US Status Key
Threatened in USThreatened in US Threatened in New HampshireThreatened in NH Endangered in USEndangered in US Endangered in NHEndangered in NH IntroducedIntroduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife and NH Fish and Game

  New Hampshire Species

 

 North/Central American Species

None
  None

Other Species Around the World

Africa Africa Asia Asia Australia Australia/Oceania Europe Europe North America North America South America South America New Hampshire Species NH

Sichuan Dormouse - Chaetocauda sichuanensis Africa Asia
Woolly Dormouse - Dryomys laniger Asia
Baluchistan Forest Dormouse - Dryomys niethammeri Vulnerable Asia
Forest Dormouse - Dryomys nitedula Least Concern Asia Europe
Asian Garden Dormouse - Eliomys melanurus Least Concern Asia
Maghreb Garden Dormouse - Eliomys munbyanus Least Concern Africa
Garden Dormouse - Eliomys quercinus Near Threatened Asia Europe
Japanese Dormouse - Glirulus japonicus Least Concern Asia
Edible Dormouse - Glis glis Least Concern Asia Europe
Angolan African Dormouse - Graphiurus angolensis Africa
Christy's Dormouse - Graphiurus christyi Least Concern Africa
Jentink's Dormouse - Graphiurus crassicaudatus Africa
Johnston's African Dormouse - Graphiurus johnstoni Africa
Kellen's Dormouse - Graphiurus kelleni Least Concern Africa
 

Lorrain Dormouse - Graphiurus lorraineus Least Concern Africa
Small-eared Dormouse - Graphiurus microtis Least Concern Africa
Monard's Dormouse - Graphiurus monardi Africa
Woodland Dormouse - Graphiurus murinus Least Concern Africa
Nagtglas's African Dormouse - Graphiurus nagtglasii Least Concern Africa
Spectacled Dormouse - Graphiurus ocularis Least Concern Africa
Rock Dormouse - Graphiurus platyops Least Concern Africa
Stone Dormouse - Graphiurus rupicola Least Concern Africa
Silent Dormouse - Graphiurus surdus Africa
Hazel Dormouse - Muscardinus avellanarius Least Concern Asia Europe
Masked Mouse-tailed Dormouse - Myomimus personatus Asia
Roach's Mouse-tailed Dormouse - Myomimus roachi Vulnerable Asia Europe
Setzer's Mouse-tailed Dormouse - Myomimus setzeri Asia
Desert Dormouse - Selevinia betpakdalaensis Asia

Additional Information

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Asian Garden Dormouse - Eliomys melanurus profile Photos Least Concern Asia
The Asian garden dormouse is found in Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Turkey.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Edible Dormouse - Glis glis profile Photos Video Least Concern Asia Europe
The edible dormouse is also knonw as the fat dormouse. It is found throughout much of central and southern Europe through northern Turkey to the Caucasus, northern Iran and Turkmenistan.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Edible Dormouse - Glis glis profile Photos Least Concern Asia Europe
The edible dormouse looks like a gray squirrel.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Forest Dormouse - Dryomys nitedula profile Photos Least Concern Asia Europe
Forest dormice are found in dense forests from Switzerland in the west through eastern and southern Europe, Asia Minor and the Caucasus to central Russia and central Asia.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Garden Dormouse - Eliomys quercinus profile Photos Near Threatened Asia Europe
Garden dormice are found found throughout Europe to Asia and North Africa.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Hazel Dormouse - Muscardinus avellanarius profile Photos Video Least Concern Asia Europe
The hazel dormouse is also known as the common dormouse.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Hazel Dormouse - Muscardinus avellanarius profile Photos Least Concern Asia Europe
The hazel dormouse is found in deciduous forests in much of Europe as well as northern Asia Minor.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Hazel Dormouse - Muscardinus avellanarius profile Photos Least Concern Asia Europe
The hazel dormouse is the smallest species of dormouse.
Source: Paignton Zoo Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Elementary School Teacher Section: Yes

Japanese Dormouse - Glirulus japonicus profile Photos Least Concern Asia
Japanese dormice are found on the islands of Honshuu, Shikoku, and Kyuushuu in Japan.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Woodland Dormouse - Graphiurus murinus profile Photos Least Concern Africa
Woodland dormice are found in Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes