Dormouse: did you know?

How many of the dormouse facts below did you know?

The hazel dormouse is a small arboreal (tree-living) rodent, with a body approximately 75 mm (2.5 – 3 inches) long and a tail of a similar length.

It is our only small mammal with a furry tail.

Young dormice have a grey to sandy coloured coat; this develops as they mature, into the attractive honey-coloured coat of adult dormice.

Hazel dormice have large black eyes, long whiskers and flexible, sticky feet, allowing them to clamber around the shrub canopy at night, which is when they are usually active.

To find out more please visit our dormouse ecology pages.

We would love to hear your dormouse facts, please let us know if you have any more facts to share…

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