are small for rodents, with a typical length of about 2-3" (70
typically feed on fruits, berries, flowers, nuts and insects.
are largely but not exclusively arboreal and nocturnal animals.
One of the most notable characteristics of those dormice that
live in temperate zones is hibernation. Fat Dormice can hibernate
six months out of the year, or even longer if the weather remains
sufficiently cool, sometimes waking for brief periods to eat
food they had previously stored nearby. It is from this trait
that they got their name, which comes from Anglo-Norman dormeus,
which means "sleepy (one)"; the word was later altered by folk
etymology to resemble word "mouse".
breed once or twice a year, with four being the typical size
of a litter and can live for as long as five years.
Dormice are mostly found in Europe, but have been introduced
into England (see details: Mammal Species of the World, 2005,
Vol 2, p840).