Posts made in February, 2012

When to take your hedgehog to the vet

»Posted by on Feb 19, 2012 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Vet care can be expensive and many hedgehog owners I have talked to are reluctant to take their hedgie to the vet for fear of running up high bills when there really isn’t a problem. The list below is by no means exhaustive, but includes some common situations where people often have to decide whether or not to take the hedgie to the vet. The rule of thumb I use is: when in doubt, go! Hedgehogs often don’t show signs of illness until they are quite sick, so fast action can often make quite a difference. Here are some situations people frequently ask me about, and the decision process I go through: 1. My hedgie is acting funny. Behavioral changes are often an important clue. If an ordinarily friendly hedgie suddenly becomes a grouch, or a hedgie who is...

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Hedgehogs in the Wild

»Posted by on Feb 15, 2012 in Uncategorized | 5 comments

Hedgehogs are an extremely versatile and adaptable animal that can be found in large areas of the world. They are native to Asia, Africa, Europe and Great Britain. They have been successfully introduced to some of Britain’s northerly islands as well as to New Zealand. Hedgehogs are most closely related to the shrew family and despite their slight similarity, they are totally unrelated to porcupines. Other hedgehog-related species include tenrecs, a spiny, near look-alike animal found on the island of Madagascar, as as well as moonrats, the hairy hedgehog of South-East Asia. Considering the wide area across which these animals are distributed, it is of little wonder that there are a total of 14 species and four genera of hedgehogs. From animals that weigh a...

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The name “Hedgehog”

»Posted by on Feb 12, 2012 in featured | 0 comments

The name ‘Hedgehog’ came into existence due to the animal’s habit of digging through hedges and undergrowth, searching for small creatures as food. As it forages its way through the hedges, it emits a peculiar grunting sound like that of a pig. Hence, the name Hedgehog! There are about 15 species of hedgehogs in Europe, Africa and Asia. Hedgehogs are considered useful pets, as they prey on common garden pests. To know more about these animals, read the interesting facts given below.

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Fun Facts about Hedgehogs

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Fun Facts about Hedgehogs

Though originally native to Africa and often referred to as the “African Pygmy,” the most commonly kept hedgehogs are probably a mix of different hedgehog species and descriptively named by breeders as opposed to being classified by a true species name. Hedgehogs are considered to be insectivores, relying on insects for much of their dietary needs. They are, however, opportunistic feeders who will eat almost anything they find. Short, prickly spines cover a hedgehog’s entire back. Also known as quills, these defensive tools are really modified, hollow hairs and are not poisonous or barbed. When threatened, hedgehogs roll into a tight ball, protecting their face, eyes, limbs, and bellies. If necessary, a hedgehog can run over six feet per second....

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Where is the Great Forest?

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This is a place that Sonic and his friends lived. The Great Forest is the massive wooded area beyond the former site of Mobotropolis. It acted as a safe haven for the Mobians who managed to escape the city during Dr. Ivo Robotnik’s military coup; Knothole was built deep within the forest and remained hidden there for over a decade. For many years it acted as the home for the Knothole Freedom Fighters; however, when Knothole was bombarded by the Egg Fleet, the surrounding portion of the forest was burned to the ground. Despite this, much of the sprawling, deep forest remains...

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