Which one do you think is the hedgehog?
From the description in the article, hedgehogs are silent, but they vocalize through a variety of
Hedgehog (Guess it’s better than calling it a Prickly Pig)
I like what Dr. Hess has written about the animals. From the photo and content provided below, you can make your decision as to which one is the hedgehog. 🙂
1. Hedgehogs Are Prickly
Like porcupines, the skin over hedgehogs’ backs is covered with sharp spines that protect them from predators. Thankfully, unlike our native porcupines, hedgehogs cannot
2. They Like to Play ‘I’m Out of Here’
As a defense mechanism, hedgehogs roll their bodies into tight little balls when threatened, causing their spines to point outward so that predators are unable to see their faces or limbs. They have very strong muscles over their backs, and it is nearly impossible to unfurl a hedgehog once he’s curled up. Pet hedgehogs must be handled gently and often to get them to relax and uncurl. Otherwise, you will spend a lot of time staring at a cute but prickly little ball in your lap.
3. ‘Spit Balls’ Are OK
When a hedgehog encounters an object with a new scent, he will lick and bite the object and then form a frothy “spit ball” in his mouth containing the new scent. He will throw his head back and spit this frothy saliva over his spines with his tongue, possibly to camouflage himself with the new scent and make himself
4. Hedgehogs Are Not Mini Porcupines
Interestingly, though quilled porcupines are rodents, quilled hedgehogs are not. They are classified as insectivores (insect eaters) instead. They are not strict insectivores, however, as they consume
5. They Like the Night Life
In the wild, hedgehogs are active at night, since that is when their food is available. Domesticated pet hedgehogs have maintained this nocturnal lifestyle, sleeping a good portion of the day and running in wheels at night. If you’re a light sleeper, go to bed early or are out a lot at night, a hedgehog may not be the best pet for you.
6. Hedgehogs Are ‘Hogs’
Hedgehogs love to eat, and if they are housed in cages with little opportunity to socialize and exercise, they tend to put on weight. Obesity is a common problem among pet hedgehogs. Fat hedgehogs typically have very pudgy limbs and large amounts of subcutaneous fat protruding from underneath their mantel (the spine-covered top part of their bodies). Obese hedgehogs may not be able to roll up like other hedgehogs, and those who eat excessive numbers of insects may suffer from calcium deficiency and brittle bones. Overweight hedgehogs should be put on restricted amounts of food and encouraged to run around outside their cages or inside them on wheels.
7. They Squeal, Snort and Snuff
Many people think hedgehogs are silent, but they vocalize through a variety of
8. Hedgehogs Carry Human Disease Risks
Like all other animals, hedgehogs may carry
9. Heat and Cold Extremes Influence Their Behavior
European hedgehogs who live in the wild will hibernate when the climate gets very cold and food sources become scarce. They do this to reduce their metabolism and
10. They Bond With Their Owners
Any hedgehog owner who has spent a significant amount of time interacting with his pet and socializing it will tell you that a hedgehog responds to an owner’s voice and appearance. Nervous, balled up hedgehogs may unfurl only when they hear their owners’ voices and smell their owners’ scents.
Hedgehogs can be adorable, loving pets if they are handled often and
Now, from what Dr. Hess writes, I must say that the squealing noises would justify the hog in its name. The prickly spines on them, make them seem a bit sensitive to handle, hence the hedge in its name. Hedgehog (Guess it’s better than calling it a prickly pig. 🙂
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