Edible dormouse in Spain

edible dormouse: lirón gris: Glis glis

Not threatened, but may be locally endangered. Appreciated as a delicacy by the Romans, it was also eaten in the Pyrenees until recently. In the Basque Country its fat was prized for the relief of muscular pains, in particular to sooth the hands of the players of pelota, the Basque sport played barehanded at lightning speed.


common dormouse: muscadino común: Muscardinus avellanarius

Possibly present in Navarran Pyrenees.

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