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Hello, and welcome to "name that rodent" Aug. 20th, 2005 09:51 pm
Just popped up to Cambridge for 24 hours to see my parents & brother. Last time they were in France they found a very odd-looking critter that they can't identify.

critter1.jpg
critter 3.jpg

Whether its nose is supposed to look like that is unknown, it'd just headbutted the floor from a great height before it was captured.


Anyone know what it is?

From: ravenevermore
Date: August 20th, 2005 - 09:02 pm (Link)
Looks, apart from the nose, which could be like that because of the skydiving, like a Bushy Tailed Jird.
From: djm4
Date: August 20th, 2005 - 09:13 pm (Link)
Garden Dormouse, Eliomys quercinus. No, the nose isn't supposed to look quite like that.
From: ravenevermore
Date: August 20th, 2005 - 09:23 pm (Link)
yeah, you're probably right. I was just thought it looked a bit large.
From: djm4
Date: August 21st, 2005 - 05:53 am (Link)
Garden Dormice grow quite a bit bigger than the Common Dormouse we get here - they're more of a size with the Edible Dormouse, although they don't get quite as big as it can. Something about the feet on the first picture of it climbing instantly said 'Dormouse' to me, too, at which point I looked it up - the black mask is characteristic and they're found throughout France.
From: wechsler
Date: August 21st, 2005 - 08:15 pm (Link)
Excellent, thanks! My parents were delighted to find out what it was.
From: lovelybug
Date: August 20th, 2005 - 11:05 pm (Link)
Lucky you - he's gorgeous!
(no subject) - arkady
From: cyberpunkgrrl
Date: August 21st, 2005 - 11:36 am (Link)
I don't know but I want one ^_^
From: faerierhona
Date: August 21st, 2005 - 04:32 pm (Link)
AWWWW the poor NOSE! Is it better now?