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Dormouse

Dormouse in a houseAfrican Pygmy DormouseMalabar spiny dormouse (Platacanthomys lasiurus)Edible dormouse (Glis glis) in winter hibernationSpectacled Dormouse (Graphiurus ocularis)Edible Dormouse (Glis glis)
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Dormouse Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom
Chordata
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum
Mammalia
Order:
A group of animals within a class
Rodentia
Family:
A group of animals within an order
Gliridae
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species
Gliridae
Type:
The animal group that the species belongs to
Mammal
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats
Omnivore
Size (L):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
6cm - 19cm (2.4in - 7.5in)
Weight:
The measurement of how heavy the animal is
15g - 200kg (0.5oz - 7.1oz)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal
12.8km/h (8mph)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for
2 - 5 years
Lifestyle:
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable
Solitary
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct
Least Concern
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
Grey, Black, White, Brown, Tan, Gold
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal
Fur
Favourite Food:Fruits
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives
Dense woodlands and shrub land
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once
4
Main Prey:Fruits, Nuts, Insects
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal
Owls, Snakes, Weasels
Distinctive Features:
Characteristics unique to the animal
Long tail and thin, black whiskers

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Dormouse

The dormouse is a small mouse-like rodent predominantly found in Europe. There are 29 different species of dormouse found today, which are most well-known for their long periods of hibernation throughout the cooler winter months.

Although the dormouse is mainly found inhabiting areas of dense forest and woodland across Europe, a number of dormouse species also extended their range into the warmer Asian and African continents, where they can be found nesting and foraging in the thick undergrowth, out of sight from predators.

The dormouse, although a generally small rodent species, can grow up to 20 centimetres long depending on the dormouse species. The small body size of the dormouse, allows it to move through the vegetation without being so easily detected.

Most dormouse species are very agile and well-adapted to climbing and life in the trees. Dormouse are known to communicate between one another using noises which other dormice pick up using their very sensitive hearing. Many species of dormouse are also nocturnal although not all.

The dormouse is an omnivorous animal meaning that it hunts and feeds on a variety of both plants and other animals. Fruits, nuts, insects, seeds, berries and flowers are the primary sources of food for the dormouse, although the exact diet of the dormouse depends on the species and the area which it inhabits.

Due to their relatively small size, the dormouse is preyed upon by numerous predators in it's woodland habitat. Birds such as owls, falcons and small eagles prey on the dormouse from high in the sky, while mammals such as foxes, cats, stoats and weasels hunt the dormouse on ground level.

Once emerged from hibernation in late spring, dormice begin to breed. Female dormice can have more than one litter a year, which generally contains 3 - 5 offspring. Dormouse babies are born after a gestation period of about a month, with no hair and do not open their eyes until they are 2 or 3 weeks old. As with other small rodents, dormice are able to get to five years old, although many are eaten when they are much younger.

Today, although the dormouse is not considered to be a vulnerable or endangered species, concerns have been raised over declining dormouse numbers in parts of Europe, particularly the UK, where habitat loss is thought to be the main factor for the demise in dormouse population numbers.

Dormouse Translations

български език
Сънливци
Dansk
Syvsovere
Deutsch
Bilche
English
Dormouse
Esperanto
Gliro
Español
Gliridae
Français
Myoxidae
日本語
ヤマネ科
Nederlands
Slaapmuizen
Polski
Popielicowate
Suomi
Unikeot
Svenska
Hasselmöss
Türkçe
Yediuyuklayangiller

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"dormice r soooo cute"
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First Published: 14th June 2010, Last Updated: 9th January 2017 [View Sources]

Sources:
1. David Burnie, Dorling Kindersley (2008) Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 14 Jun 2010]
2. David Burnie, Kingfisher (2011) The Kingfisher Animal Encyclopedia [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2011]
3. David W. Macdonald, Oxford University Press (2010) The Encyclopedia Of Mammals [Accessed at: 14 Jun 2010]
4. Dorling Kindersley (2006) Dorling Kindersley Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 14 Jun 2010]
5. Richard Mackay, University of California Press (2009) The Atlas Of Endangered Species [Accessed at: 14 Jun 2010]
6. Tom Jackson, Lorenz Books (2007) The World Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 14 Jun 2010]

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