Hedgehog is possibly the cutest little animal with vampire teeth in the entire world. These spiky yet still adorable pets are not only great photo models but also have an amazing taste in fashion too!
There are about 15 different species of hedgehog in Europe, Asia, and Africa too. Hedgehogs are also introduced into some non traditional ranges such as New Zealand. The hedgehog got its name because of its peculiar foraging methods. These animals root through hedges and also other undergrowth in search of the small creatures that compose the bulk of their diet. They eat insects, worms, centipedes, snails, mice, frogs, and snakes too.
Some people actually consider hedgehogs useful pets because they prey on many common pests in gardens. While on the hunt, they rely upon their senses of hearing and smell because their eyesight is so weak that they are almost blind.
Hedgehogs have a coat of really stiff and sharp spines. If they get attacked they will curl into a prickly and unappetizing ball that deters most predators. They actually usually sleep in this position during the day and wake up at night to search for food.
Hedgehogs hibernate in really cold climates. In deserts, they sleep through the heat and drought in a similar process aestivation. They are active all year long in more temperate locations.
They are solitary animals that typically couple only for mating. The young that are born each year, in litters ranging from one to even eleven, remain with their mothers for only about four to seven weeks before heading out on their own.
Among the predators that the females guard against during this period are actually the other male hedgehogs. They will sometimes prey upon the young of their species. Hedgehog mothers can also sometimes eat their young if the nest is disturbed, although they sometimes simply move them to a new nest.