species of dormouse, the edible dormouse, reaches 1 ft in length. Dormice hibernate from October
to April, in a stiff bodied, death-like state. Prior to hibernation they overconsume and become quite fat.
In ancient Rome, dormice would be heavily fed and then eaten by the affluent. Later condemned as a
needless luxury, the consumption of dormice was prohibited. This sleeping rodent is found in
Europe, Africa and Asia.
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