The Hazel Dormouse
The Muscardinus avellanarius, as the Hazel Dormouse is also known, is especially significant because it is the only living species in the Muscardinus genus. These little rodents grow to a maximum of about nine centimetres (or 3.5 inches) long, excluding their tails, which reach about six or seven centimetres (approximately 2.5 to three inches). The Hazel Dormouse hibernates from October all the way through to April or May and will usually double its weight in preparation.
The Sand Lizard
The Sand Lizard can be found in most of Europe as well as just east of Mongolia. Its scientific name is Lacerta agilis. It is green in colour and boasts a light belly and a coloured stripe along its dorsal side. Males generally have a darker stripe than females. During the mating season, it is common for males to turn completely green.
At full size, the Sand Lizard measures approximately 25 centimetres (or 10 inches) from nose to tail. It is found in the southern heathlands (characterised by short, woody vegetation) and in the sand dunes along the coast of north-west England. Eggs are laid in sunny locations, where they can be incubated by the warm sand in which they are nestled.
To learn about the natural wildlife of a country is to appreciate the wealth it carries within. It is vital that such variety and splendour be conserved in order to retain these natural gems that define England, regardless of culture or economy.
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