Facts Worth Knowing About Hedgehogs

August 14, 2017

There’s something fascinating about hedgehogs. Their prickly quills seem harsh and uninviting, but their personalities are cuddly and sweet.

Hedgehogs, affectionately known as “hedgies” are darling creatures, but do we actually know very much about these prickly little friends? Check out these awesome facts to learn more!

A group of hedgehogs is called an array. Honestly, it’s just fun to be able to say “Look at that array of hedgehogs!”

What we now know as urchins actually originated from this prickly land-based mammal. Before the name “hedgehog”, these creatures were called urchins.

When hedgehogs are exposed to strong smells or tastes, they rub frothy saliva on their quills. This is known as “self-anointing” and the reason for the behavior is unknown.

The name for a baby hedgehog is a “hoglet”. They are born with quills, but a protective membrane covers them for the first several hours of their life.

Hedgehogs have poor eyesight. To make up for this, their senses of smell and hearing are exceptionally strong.

Hedgies have been domesticated for centuries! In fact, the first recorded domestication was in 4 BC. Apparently, ancient Romans raised hedgehogs for their quills and meat.

Hedgies sleep throughout much of the day. In fact, an adult hedgehog needs 18 hours of sleep every day.

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