Category: Animals

The Hedgehog

The Hedgehog

Hedgehogs are some of the most adorable animals on the planet. Well, that’s an opinion, but we’re pretty sure you’ll agree with us.

Native to various parts of Asia, Europe, and Africa, around 17 different species of hedgehog roam the earth.

How did they get the name hedgehog? Well, it’s said that they live in hedges, where they eat the bugs that destroy the plants. And, you may not have known that they make grunts similar to a pig. Which is where the ‘hog’ comes from.

Famously, as seen in movies and cartoons, hedgehogs roll themselves into a ball as a defense mechanism, letting their spines protect them. But did you know that’s not completely true?

Some species have 5000 spines. Yet, only some species of hedgehog have enough quills to keep them safe when rolled into a ball. Another problem is that these quills are really just stiff, hollow hairs. They aren’t as sharp as those of a porcupine, and thus can’t provide too much protection. So, they actually prefer to run away from their predators.

The one predator that they don’t fear much are snakes. As it turns out, they are mostly immune to snake venom. There have been cases of hedgehogs killing vipers and then eating them.

These cute animals are nocturnal, coming out at night to search for food like plants, fruits, snails, and worms. In the city, they will also eat food that is left out for dogs and cats. Their eyesight is pretty bad, and so they mainly rely on their sense of smell to find what they’re looking for.

A baby hedgehog is called a hoglet. And a group of hedgehogs is called an array; an array of hedgehogs. However, most hedgehogs prefer to wander solo.

Though they are increasingly popular pets, in various US states, like Hawaii, Nebraska, California, George, and others, it is illegal to have a hedgehog as a pet. Same goes for Great Britain.