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. In fact, many hedgehogs will attempt to escape an attacker before they roll into a protective, spiny ball.

Hedgehogs have very sensitive senses of smell and hearing. They can even hear in the ultrasonic range.

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