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Any experience with edible dormouse as a pet?

I wonder if anyone here has an experience with holding an edible dormouse as a pet (below you can see how it looks like).
We were basically not planning to have it, but found it on the street as a baby and kept him as his family was not around. Now he has grown up and looks pretty healthy. In nature they are supposed to sleep 7 months a year from October or so, but our one does not.. We put him in a cooler place, but it does not seem to help. Local vet clinic cannot help much, this is quite unusual to keep those animals at home.
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Re: Any experience with edible dormouse as a pet?

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Re: Any experience with edible dormouse as a pet?

Does that mean you can eat him?

In all seriousness though - I've kept a lot of wildlife, although never an edible dormouse. From what I can see online though, he's nocturnal which means it's his nature to be scampering about in the middle of the night. Which I assume, means that you're trying to get him to sleep during the day? Or is just the hibernation that's the problem?

What kind of cage/environment is he being kept in? Often, the animals we had at the zoo would not hibernate either (bears, etc.). Sometimes we needed to artificially recreate the environment to stimulate hibernating behavior.
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Re: Any experience with edible dormouse as a pet?

I think you may eat him, there are even some farms in Slovakia that grow these animals for eating However, I prefer some 'traditional' meat

@AroundTown - normally he is sleeping during the day, correct. The problem is hibernation. We are keeping him in a big glass vitrine, where we put some special ground and a tree so that he can climb, as well as a small wooden house with grass inside. He usually likes to sleep in the house, it is dark inside so looks like a good environment for hibernation. The issue is that he eats a lot, we were stuffing him so that he has enough reserves for the winter. If he does not sleep though, we should put him on a diet soon - he is really round by now!
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Re: Any experience with edible dormouse as a pet?

How do animals know to hibernate?

If temperature or light are stimuli, then how does that impact indoor animals with artificial heating and lighting?
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Re: Any experience with edible dormouse as a pet?

That is what we tried to simulate - he is in the room with no artificial lightning and no heating either.. But is over a month and no result yet
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Re: Any experience with edible dormouse as a pet?

I'm afraid I have no experience and so cannot help - but you should contact one of the larger practices for advice, those who have a vet dedicated to 'exotics' or 'Zoo und Wildtiere'.

The Tierspital (UniZürich) comes to mind:
http://www.tierspital.uzh.ch/Kleinti...dtiere/uu.html

Hopefully there are others closer to you.


You could also contact the Nagerstation, a group dedicated to 'small furry' rescue and welfare, for advice. As they deal with all manner of critters the chances are higher that they might have some experience, or perhaps be able to direct you to other resources. Their advice line is a paid number, as this helps to fund the very good work they do:
http://nagerstation.ch/index.php/beratungstelefon



ETA:

Googling around, because your question piqued my curiosity, I found a squirrel rescue group who have a section on Dormice posted on their website. Perhaps another contact for advice? (German for the Dormouse family is Bilche btw. The 'edible' dormouse, assuming that it is indeed Glis glis, is Siebenschläfer.)

http://eichhoernchen-station.ch/pages/bilche.php

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Re: Any experience with edible dormouse as a pet?

Thank you for looking it up, meloncollie! I will definitely try to call Nager or Eichhörnchenstation for an advice
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Re: Any experience with edible dormouse as a pet?

it's normal he gets fat before winter, are u sure he needs hibernation?. anyway call your local Animal Protection Association, i think it's this one http://www.tierdoerfli.ch/ but i'm not sure since i don't know german, or zurich http://www.zuerchertierschutz.ch/en/...n/contact.html
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Re: Any experience with edible dormouse as a pet?

If it's edible, what's the problem?

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Re: Any experience with edible dormouse as a pet?

This document is all about these, look here.
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Re: Any experience with edible dormouse as a pet?

So we actually managed to reach someone at Eichornchen station. They recommended us to put him in the cellar, give only the food he does not really like and to monitor every day. Next spring/summer we may let him out in the nature
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Re: Any experience with edible dormouse as a pet?

The big question that everybody is missing is "what does one taste like?"
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Re: Any experience with edible dormouse as a pet?

Hi. My name is Terri and I am living in Slovenia. I have a similar problem in that I rescued an edible dormouse. He is now about 7 weeks old and healthy and I know that I will have to release him soon but am worried as he does not know how to fend for himself. Do you have any english speaking web sites that may be of use to me? Many thanks. Terri
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Re: Any experience with edible dormouse as a pet?

The solution is all in the name.

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Hi. My name is Terri and I am living in Slovenia. I have a similar problem in that I rescued an edible dormouse. He is now about 7 weeks old and healthy and I know that I will have to release him soon but am worried as he does not know how to fend for himself. Do you have any english speaking web sites that may be of use to me? Many thanks. Terri
I'd say enlist him in a MMA* course, that should help him fend for himself in the future.

*Mixed Mousy Arts.
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Re: Any experience with edible dormouse as a pet?

I had one of these but i did what it said on the packet (fried with roesti) and so my experience is a bit limited....
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