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Hazel Dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius) by Tamara Clark

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Hazel Dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius) by 

Dormice are known for their habits of dormancy, hibernating for much of the winter and sleeping for long periods during other times of cold, wet weather. They spend most of their waking, nocturnal lives in the treetops, only visiting the forest floor to sleep, nest in the spring and give birth in the summer. Dormice are becoming rare and in danger of extinction in all but the most southern counties of England and Wales, mainly due to the loss of their forested habitat. The Hazel Dormouse is the only species of its genus and the only small mammal in Britain with a completely furry tail. They eat insects, fruit and nuts, notably hazelnuts, which they open by biting a circle in the shell, leaving teeth marks along the outside and a smooth edge on the inside.

The Dormouse was also made famous for his sleepy nature in Lewis Carrol’s “Alice in Wonderland”. Between falling asleep in the butter he stated "You might just as well say, that “I breathe when I sleep” is the same thing as “I sleep when I breathe”!

Technique: Watercolor and colored pencil
Size: 5" X 5"

Tamara Clark is a natural science illustrator currently living in Hampshire, England, where she is enjoying illustrating the local flora and fauna. She recently relocated from Cape Cod, MA where she sold images of coastal species in galleries and markets and freelanced in illustration and design. Her clients include the Smithsonian Institution, the Encyclopedia of Life, the Marine Biological Laboratory, and a variety of publishers, websites and organizations.

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  • charitygrace
    charitygracealmost 3 years ago


  • Thank you! :I’ll be adding some comments about it soon- been focusing mainly on putting images up for now. I’m new to Redbubble :)

    – Tamara Clark

  • Anita Inverarity
    Anita Inverarityover 2 years ago

    This would be wonderful in our Dormouse Challenge in the Alice in Wonderland Group

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