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In spring the hazel dormouse (Muscardinu­s avellanari­us) awakens from hibernatio­n and begins feasting on its favorite seasonal foods: flowers, catkins, and the tender young cones of coniferous trees. Later, in preparatio­n for the next winter, the little creatures will turn to berries, nuts, and soft fruits. Even when it’s not hibernatin­g, a dormouse loves to sleep (its name comes from the French word dormeuse, “female sleeper”). Dormice have sharp claws and grasping toes, so they are very good at climbing. The wee rodents weigh less than an ounce and can quickly scurry up a tall plant, no matter how thin it is, to avoid a predator or to gather nuts, berries, and fruit.

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