Interesting facts

Its time to sharpen up on your hedgehog knowledge! You'll be a spike of wisdom after reading our 15 fun facts:

1 Hedgehogs’ scientific name is Erinaceus

2 Diet type is carnivorous

3 Habitat is grassland, hedgerows, woodland and meadows

4 Hedgehogs curl up into a ball tucking in their head, tail and legs to protect vulnerable parts of their body from predators, leaving only their sharp spines on show. A great defence mechanism!

5 Hedgehogs are mostly nocturnal creatures, though some may appear in the day also

6 There are 17 different species of hedgehog found across multiple parts of the world

7 A hedgehog has a small tail along with its 25mm long spines covering its back

8 Hedgehogs are noisy eaters!

9 Hedgehogs are pregnant for 4 weeks and give birth to litters ranging from 1 to 11

10 The name for a baby hedgehog is a hoglet

11 Hedgehogs have an excellent sense of smell and sound which makes up for their not so great eyesight

12 A hedgehog can run over six feet per second

13 Their heartbeats go from 190 to 20 beats per minute when hibernating

14 Hedgehogs can walk over 2 miles in one night!

15 They are known as a ‘gardener’s friend’ as they eat all the insects that nibble on our much loved plants


It's mating season. Soon little hoglets will be arriving!

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