posted: 04/29/14
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Allow me to introduce Myself:I'm a Hedgehog!

Where You'll Most Likely Find Me: Europe, Africa and Asia

What I Like to Eat: Mice, insects, frogs, lizards, snakes and snails (we are a gardener's dream).

Betcha Didn't Know This About Me: We got our name from our amazing ability to forage for food in the wild.

Who We Are: Five to twelve-inch mammals that hibernate during the cold season. We have the ability to swim and climb trees.

Easy Readers: We were mentioned by William Shakespeare in The Tempest and Midsummer Night's Dream. He refers to us as "urchins".

Well Known Body Part: We have prickly spines that are used as defense mechanisms all over our body except on our face, legs and bellies. When we feel threatened or are sleeping, we curl up in a tight ball leaving only the areas with our spines exposed. Once we close our bodies tightly, it's hard to force us to open back up again. This frustrates our predators who will just give up and move on. Our spines also come in handy when we fall from trees or want to get down pretty quickly. We don't get hurt, we just bounce off of our spines and keep it moving.

On the Hunt: We have terrible eyesight so we rely on our keen sense of smell and hearing to hunt for food.

Domesticated: The African pygmy hedgehog is the domesticated species that you will find and buy as pets.

Babies: When our babies are born, their spines are soft. After birth, their spines harden up and become sharp allowing them to fend for themselves while still under the watchful eye of their mother. About seven to eleven hedgehogs are born in a litter at one time.

Predators: Foxes and other male hedgehogs (who are known to hunt for baby hedgehogs).

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