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Published on June 15th, 2011 | by Yellow Magpie

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Hedgehog: Capturing The Human

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These spiked creatures amuse us. For something that can cause quite a sharp pain if they are touched – they are perhaps an unusual fascination that draws our attention.

Hedgehogs are nocturnal by nature and spend their nights pottering around hoovering up insects. When threatened these animals retreat into a spiky ball that offers them protection from most predators.

The instantly noticeable attribute that hedgehogs possess are of course their spines. Each hedgehog has between five and seven thousand spines that form their defences.

Hedgehog

Farmers’ Best Friend

Hedgehogs eat many pests that destroy vegetables and crops. A single hedgehog may eat hundreds of insects during the course of one night. As a result many are welcomed into farms and gardens.

The African Pygmy Hedgehog

The African Pygmy Hedgehog is adapted to very different conditions than its cousin, the European hedgehog.

A good deal smaller, the pygmy, or North African hedgehog as they are also called, live in harsher dry lands than the European variety. As the name suggests, they are found in North Africa but they are also inhabit Spain and France.

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These creatures live in relatively small circular territories of up to 2,000 metres (1,200 feet).

Human Dangers That Hedgehogs Face

One of the most common causes of the premature death of hedgehogs are insecticides and pesticides. This is due mainly to the fact that hedgehogs consume a large quantity of insects and molluscs which are often laced with poison. The cumulative effects of consuming such large amounts of poison is enough to kill the hedgehog.

Cattle gates with open gaps are also a major hazard for hedgehogs who sometimes get trapped after falling into the recess. If this happens the hedgehog will simply starve to death.

Tennis court nets can frequently become a major hazard for the spiky mammal. This is also true for other forms of netting including those designed to keep birds away from fruit and vegetables growing in the garden.

However, by far the most dangerous man-made threat to hedgehogs are cars. Every year a hundreds of Hedgehogs are killed in Ireland alone.

Hedgehog

A Diseased Creature

In many ways, Hedgehogs are like humans when it comes to being disease prone. They suffer from heart disease, probably caused by a poor diet scavenged from human sources.

Cancer is especially prevalent in hedgehogs. For this reason, scientists are very keen to research these animals.

Hedgehogs: The New Dog

A new fad, especially in North America, is to adopt hedgehogs as pets. Humans find these creatures cute and an entire industry has sprung up to cater for this rapidly emerging market. Companies have even been created to make food designed specifically for a hedgehog diet.

In Ireland and the United Kingdom it is illegal to keep the European Hedgehog as a pet as they are on the endangered species list.

European Hedgehog

Vital Statistics

  • Hedgehogs can be up to 30 centimetres (12 inches) in length.
  • They can weigh in excess of one kilogram (three lbs).
  • Some hedgehogs can live to be 16 years or more but they usually average seven to eight years for larger species and four to five years for smaller ones.
  • They are found in Europe, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. The hedgehog is not native to North America.

Highly Recommended Reading

You can obtain The Hedgehog: An Owner’s Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet here from Amazon.

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For people living in Ireland or the United Kingdom, you can access: The Hedgehog: An Owner’s Guide to a Happy Healthy Petfrom here.

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For those who live in Canada, you can obtain: The Hedgehog: An Owner’s Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet here.

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For Germany: The Hedgehog: An Owner’s Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet.

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For France: The Hedgehog: An Owner’s Guide to a Happy, Healthy Pet.


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