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Dormouse (torpid)

By Hazelmouse  
NB: I hold a Natural England licence for this species.

This summer I think many of us have felt like this! Dormice go into torpor to conserve energy when the weather is bad and so far this year while monitoring I haven't found one awake - not that I find many in my boxes anywaY.

Incidentally they never actually sleep in this position but are usually on their side - more photogenic this way.

Taken on the Malvern Hills.

Tags: Malvern hills Worcestershire Wildlife and nature Common Dormouse Muscardinus avellenarius

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Paintman Plus
11 1.2k 177 United Kingdom
31 Aug 2012 8:38PM

Quote:Incidentally they never actually sleep in this position but are usually on their side

I'm not surprised, it must be impossible to sleep with your nose that close to your bumSmile

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reaper4252 6 2 9 United Kingdom
31 Aug 2012 8:51PM
Excellent shot
As soon as i saw the thumbnail i thought to myself 'i hope you've got a licence' and lo and behold you told usSmile
31 Aug 2012 9:00PM
So cute!
6 Dec 2012 10:43PM

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