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. 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.

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

hazel dormouse arboreal rodent furry tail black eyes

Dormice are small arboreal rodents with furry tails and large black eyes


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