Where hazel Dormouse?

More chances to meet her — the residents of the Samara region and the more southern regions of the country. Maybe because of climate warming, hazel Sony will appear in Bashkiria, but information on its occurrence in the Republic.

This kind of dormice, perhaps, the smallest animal normally weighs more than 20 grams! Due to its small size and weight, nimble rodents can easily climb stems of plants, deftly clinging to the legs with four tiny fingers. This helps them find food and escape from predators — for Sony threat even cats. Redheaded cutie prefers berries of various wild plants: blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and also uses nuts, seeds, acorns… But can eat insects.

Где обитает орешниковая соня?Photo: Depositphotos

These relatives of squirrels and mice like to live in deciduous or mixed forests, in which common hazel.

The past summer certainly had oreshnikova Dormouse taste — they are thermophilic. Should ambient temperature fall to 10 degrees, as rodents for a few days fall into a stupor. On the eve of cold weather animals usually hide in holes and in September, hibernate. While Sonya sleeps, her body temperature is just 1 degree.
Где обитает орешниковая соня?Photo: Depositphotos

With the onset of heat, in April — may and the animal wakes up and is taken klopotova to build his summer home. This can be a abandoned bird’s nest, hollow, and sometimes Sony attach their ball-shaped nests woven from leaves and grasses, branches of shrubs or trees. The interior of their summer houses Sony knackered made of soft strips of bark and fluff the plants.

In a brood oreshnikova Sony usually have 2-5 babies and they become surprisingly fast — within 30-40 days after birth.

Hazel Sony the same as one of their main enemies — owls, are nocturnal. At dusk they leave their burrows or nests and going to get food, to prepare winter stores. Despite the name, the nature of dormice is very nimble and agile. Где обитает орешниковая соня?Photo: Depositphotos

On the forums write that because of the attractive appearance belkoobraznyh dormice began to breed and sell to pet stores. If this information is valid, then the poor thing can only sympathize. In a “home confinement” life cycle of the animal would be broken — because the norm for him from September to April must be in hibernation, but in greenhouse conditions it is impossible.

Besides, even in the wild hazel dormice do not live so much — an average of three years. And that is assuming that you will not become prey to owls, or mustelids, or are not poisoned with insecticides, with which man fights against ticks. So I’ll randomly meet Sonia in the country — don’t hurt me!

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