Hazel dormouse Rodent

The Hazel dormouse Rodent or common dormouse is a small mammal and the only living species in the genus Muscardinus.

 

Hazel dormouse Rodent Facts:

Length: 6.5-9 cm

Tail: 5.5-8.5 cm 

Weight: 15-35 g

Social unit: Individual

Status: Least concern

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About the size of a house Hazel dormouse Rodent (see p.128), the common dormouse is an excellent climber and jumper. Feeding mainly in trees, it changes its diet with the season from flowers, grubs, and birds’ eggs in spring and summer to seeds, berries, fruit, and nuts in autumn. Dormice are the only rodents that do not have a caecum (a part of the large intestine), which may indicate that their diet is low in cellulose. The Hazel dormouse Rodent nest is made of grass in a thick bush or tree hole. Several individuals may live nearby and share the feeding area. They communicate using a wide range of whistles and growling noises. The female is pregnant for 22-24 days and has a litter of 3-6 young, although the numbers can range between 1-9, with up to 2 litters per year. The tail is bushy and its skin can detach if seized by a predator.

 

Deep winter sleep

Most Hazel dormouse Rodent dormice hibernate deeply in winter (“dor” meaning “sleeping”). The hazel dormouse rests for about 7 months in a nest about 12 cm (4% in) in diameter larger than its summer quarters. This nest may be in a burrow or under moss or leaves. It stores food both in its nest and in its body as fat, to enable it to survive throughout the cold season.

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