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Digest 23 July 2002 - Vol. 3, No. 2

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1) Longevity of Glis (D. Bird)

I have kept Glis glis in the past and have had a total of 4 males one lived 9 years, two lived 11 years and the final one lived for 13 years. All were adult when I obtained them. They were fed mainly on apples with the occasional orange. Sometimes I gave them sunflower seeds. In season they were given acorns and hazel nuts together with blackberries. I started off giving water and found that they never drunk from an open dish or from a rodent water bottle so never gave water at all after a few months. They were kept indoors at room temperature in a semi-centrally heated house and did seem to sleep a lot in winter but woke up every few weeks to have a feed and then go back into the nest box to sleep for another few weeks. I have seen several references to longevity which do not seem to be anywhere near as long as the specimens I kept. The first two were obtained from the pest control department of the local council near to Tring in southern England where they are found wild the second two were given to me by a friend who had purchased them in a pet shop but I believe were obtained from a similar source i.e. pest control capture. I hope this information is of use.

David Bird BSc., F.Z.S. Chairman Conservation Committee British Herpetological Society and an ex student of Pat Morris

2) Diet of captive Graphiurus murinus (M. Bond)

Hi - I am writing a paper on the captive diet of G Murinus, collating my evidence to send to the American Zoo Association. I need some information of their wild diet with regards to its animal/insect protein content.
I would be very grateful of any help.

Regards Mark


1) Available Dormouse Photos? (J.D. Cunningham)

I am a former biology and science education professor who started an educational photo library years ago while working on National Science Foundation and NASA projects. It has grown to include images from over 700 scientists, physicians, and natural history photographers worldwide and we work on thousands of educational publications annually. I am always interested in collaborating with others who have good photo collections, especially specialized ones. If you and any colleagues are interested, please see for details. Thanks!


2) Dormouse Hollow Questionnaire (Werner Haberl)

Yesterday I have sent out a queustionnaire to all recipients of "Dormouse Talk". I would appreciate it, if you could spare a few minutes to complete that form and return it to me as soon as possible!

(Hitherto I have only received 6 answers; - there should be over 150!!!!)

If you did not receive the questionnaire or accidentally deleted it, please contact me and I will send it again. Your (anonymous) data will be used for statistical evaluation of the usage of the Dormouse Hollow which I would like to present at the next Dormouse Conference in Hungary.

Thank you,
Werner (Editor of Dormouse Hollow)

Dormouse Bibliography: New Publications

To announce your new research papers/books, please submit the Dormouse Bibliography web form and/or mail to: W. Haberl, Hamburgerstrasse 11, A-1050 Vienna, Austria (

Verheggen L.S.G.M. 2002. Hazelmuisinventarisatie 2001. Onderzoek naar verspreiding van nesten in actuele en potentiele leefgebieden in Nederland.

Sorace, A., M. Bellavita, G. Amori. 1999. Seasonal differences in nest-boxes occupation by the Dormouse Muscardinus avellanarius L. (Rodentia, Myoxidae) in two areas of Central Italy. Ecologia Mediterranea 25(1): 125-130.

Amori, G., F.M. Angelici, L. Boitani. 1999. Mammals of Italy: a revised checklist of species and subspecies (Mammalia). Senckenbergiana biologica 79(2): 271-286.

Capizzi, D., M. Battistini, G. Amori. 2002. Analysis of the hazel dormouse, Muscardinus avellanarius, distribution in a Mediterranean fragmented woodland. Ital. J. Zool. 69: 25-31.

G. Amori, S. Gippoliti. 2001. Identifying priority ecoregions for rodent conservation at the genus level. Oryx 35(2): 158-165.

Kurtonur, C. (Ed.). 2001. Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Dormice (Rodentia; Gliridae) Edirne, Turkey, 13-16 September 1999. Journal of Scientific Research, Trakya University. Series B - Natural and Applied Sciencies. T.U.J.Sci.Res.B 2(2): 65-186.


1) 2nd Meeting on Small Mammal Research in the Alpine Region

This meeting will take place at the "Naturmuseum Suedtirol, Bindergasse 1, I-39100 Bozen (Italy). Date: Saturday, 14 September 2002.
If interested, Contact (asap) for registration:
Nadia Cazzolli

2) MAMMAL2005 (= ITC9)

The next International Mammalogical Congress will be held in Japan (probably in Sapporo). If you are interested in the preparation process of the congress, please contact

It is a great pleasure to inform you that the Congress Committee for MAMMAL2005 (the 9th International Mammalogical Congress; formerly the International Theriological Congress:ITC) has been launched. The Congress Committee will periodically inform you about the preparation of MAMMAL2005 through E-mail and the web page (, which is now under construction.

Though we are now managing E-mail addresses based on members lists of the 7th, 8th ITC and several mammalogist organizations, we would like to renew the list of addresses for MAMMAL2005 under your permission. Please reply to us ( to get the periodical information about MAMMAL2005. If you have a colleague who is interested in MAMMAL2005, please recommend him/her to contact us (

Koichi Kaji and Takashi Saitoh (Secretary General)
Tomoko Takahashi (Secretary)

3) 4th European Congress of Mammalogy

Dear colleagues,
It is with pleasure to announce that the 4th European Congress of Mammalogy will be held in 2003 at Brno, Czech Republic. The first information and the pre-registration form are now available on the website Any questions about organisation should be directed to this email address. I hope that the congress will be of interest for you and I am looking forward to meeting you in Brno next year.

Sincerely yours,

Jan Zima
Organising Committee

4) 5th International Conference on Dormouse

The Vth International Conference on Dormice
Gödöllő University, Agricultural Sciences, Hungary
26-29 August, 2002

This Conference will be held at the Szent István University of Gödöllő, near Budapest (Hungary). The meeting will begin on Monday August 26th and end on Thursday August 29th.. It will include a mid-conference excursion plus optional post-conference excursions. The official language of the Conference will be English. The proceedings will be published in Journal Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae.

The conference programme will have sessions devoted to ecology, conservation, physiology, behaviour and other appropriate topics. There will be a poster session and two practical workshops.

Accommodation during the conference will be in student rooms, approximate total cost ranging from about US$80, including food (if three share one room) to US$180 for single occupancy, superior accommodation. The conference fee will be approximately US$100 (with possible reductions for full time students and non - EU delegates, details will be given in the Second Conference Circular in March) and will cover conference administration costs, coffee, abstract book and mid conference excursion. The deadline for booking, with a non-refundable deposit, will be July 1st 2002.

If you would like to register your interest in attending the 5th International Dormouse Conference in August 2002 and if you would like to receive a copy of the Second Circular, please visit and submit the registration form to the Conference Secretariat.

The Secretariat, 5th International Dormouse Conference:
Postal address:
Botond Bakó
Szent István University
Department of Zoology and Ecology
Gödöllő, Páter K. u. 1.
University Web site:

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