submitted by Museum Administration on 13.10.2003
Farmers say that martens don't really eat the flesh of rabbits and chickens, they just sink their vampirish teeth into the victims' necks and suck out their blood.
Marten teeth (detail). Fratsia 1992. Photograph © Peter B. Tzannes, 2003
Domesticated rabbits are popular on Kythera for their tasty meat. Wild hare is even more delicious, but now they are quite rare on the island, and are protected from hunters by law. This skull was found at the end of a wonderful meal in Kalamos.
Rabbit skull, 8 cm. Kalamos, 1995. Photograph © Peter B. Tzannes, 2003
Rat, Rattus norvegicus
Old-timers say that the winter of 2003 on Kythera was the rainiest winter in memory; that must have had something to do with the rat population explosion. All summer long rats could be seen scampering across the roads at night, and many gardens and vineyards took a beating. This rat was found dead in an apothiki in Fratsia.
Rat skull, 4.5 cm. Photograph by Peter B. Tzannes, 2003
Rat, Rattus norvegicus
They say that rats can gnaw their way into anything. A close look at their teeth makes that entirely believable.
Rat teeth (detail). Photograph © Peter B. Tzannes, 2003
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