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Offline Petrea

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« on: April 21, 2011, 18:27 PM »
Hello all,

This little mouse had its hole in my garden last winter. I was wondering what was living there, until one morning I found it dead just outside the hole  :'(.  I believed it to be Micromys minutus, harvest mouse. However, now I came upon the info, that Micromys minutus does not live in Andalucia!

Any ideas? I think it was alone, not part of a large family.

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« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2011, 20:52 PM »
Perhaps Woodmouse but if that's the case it must be a really immature one...

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« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2011, 21:31 PM »

Not sure, but it looks a young of  Garden dormouse (Eliomys quercinus)
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« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2011, 08:18 AM »
But Jesús, Wikipedia says:

"The garden dormouse can be recognized by black eye markings, relatively large ears, short hair, and a white tassel at the end of the tail."

Do the young ones look so different?

Perhaps I should add the info that the photo was taken on April 1 (no fooling!!!), The animal was lying next to a tiny hole in the ground (could be a coincidence, of course), which I had been watching since the winter, trying to found out what was living there. The size of the hole fitted this animal quite well. No room for larger parents.

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« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2011, 18:48 PM »


Not when they are YOUNG. I said "possibly a YOUNG"... For adults the colour is very variable in the Iberian peninsula populations.

http://www.mascotissimo.com/liron-careto-o-comun-eliomys-quercinus/


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