A to Z of Wildlife: H is for… Hedgehog

Hedgehogs have over 5000 spines


Hedgehogs curl up tight when scared, and as they have over 5000 spines this makes them look like a  very spiky ball!

Gardeners like hedgehogs as they eat all the garden pests like slugs.

Did you know that baby hedgehogs are called hoglets?

The hedgehog got its name because of its peculiar foraging habits. They root through hedges and other undergrowth in search of their favourite food – small creatures such as insects, worms, centipedes, snails, mice, frogs, and snakes. As it moves through the hedges it emits pig-like grunts — thus, the name hedgehog!

The hedgehog is nocturnal, coming out at night and spending the day sleeping in a nest under bushes or thick shrubs.

Some people keep hedgehogs as pets! Check out this popular YouTube video below!

Wild Challenge!  Can you roll up in a tiny ball like a hedgehog?


Picture from Flickr.