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Mammal Hibernating Dormouse

Hibernating Dormouse - Photo  Copyright 2002 Gary Bradley Photo: G. Bradley

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Find out more about dormice and all the other British land mammals with one of these special fold out ID charts - click here


As Dormice sleep they allow their body temperature to drop to that of their surroundings. Their heart and breathing rate are often reduced by 90% or more. If the air temperature drops below zero they "switch on" just enough body systems to keep their blood from freezing.

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This book details every species of mammal in Europe and in the seas around it.

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