The Hazel Dormouse is commonly known as the Dormouse or Common Dormouse in England. It spends most of its time in trees sleeping and looking for food.
The Hazel Dormouse has a round plump-looking body and a cute little face. It is about six to nine centimetres in size. The tail is almost the same length as the body of the Hazel Dormouse. The tail is around six to seven centimetres long. The tail is thick and bushy and covered with long hairs. The Hazel Dormouse weighs about twenty grammes in summer. That is the weight of about two one pound coins!
The Hazel Dormouse has a golden brown coloured body on the top. The underside of the body is a paler brown colour. The throat of the Hazel Dormouse is almost white.
The Hazel Dormouse has front legs which are shorter than the back legs. It also has four toes on each foot. The toes are a pinky colour and each toe has a strong short claw.
The Hazel Dormouse has large black beady eyes and round ears. It has very long black whiskers. The whiskers can be up to thirty centimetres long. The whiskers quiver and shake even when the Hazel Dormouse is keeping really still.