Hazel dormouse

Muscardinus avellanarius

SUBFAMILY

Myoxinae

TAXONOMY

Muscardinus avellanarius (Linnaeus, 1758), Sweden. Six subspecies.

OTHER COMMON NAMES

English: Common dormouse; French: Muscardin; German: Haselmaus; Spanish: Muscardino.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Head and body length 2.35-3.5 in (6-9 cm), tail 2.1-2.9 in (5.5-7.5 cm); weight 0.5-1.4 oz (15-40 g). Color is yellowish brown or yellowish red, white to buff underneath.

DISTRIBUTION

Europe from southern England to western Russia, south to northern Turkey.

HABITAT

Largely deciduous woodland with varied canopy cover. BEHAVIOR

Probably exclusively arboreal. In temperate areas, may hibernate for up to nine months of the year.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Flowers, fruit, nuts, and seeds. Insects in summer.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Long-lived species, normally producing a single annual litter of 4-5 young.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Classified as Lower Risk/Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS

Efforts to maintain populations have included reintroductions and nestbox schemes. ♦

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