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Dormouse diets

The diet of dormice varies with the seasons and, as omnivores, they tend to take any opportunity to try different food. The photo shows that the Fingle dormice have been eating cherries. The flesh has been removed and, using their usual skill and dexterity, they have gnawed holes in the seed to eat the kernel. Don’t try this at home, the kernels contain cyanide!

chewed cherry stones

chewed cherry stones showing characteristic dormouse teeth marks

by Matt Parkins

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