Balling Up

Balling Up

First Line of Defense When a hedgehog senses danger, or is uncertain about something in its environment, its first line of defense is to ball up.  The orbicularis muscle, which runs around the edge of its body, makes this classic hedgehog trait possible. To ball up, a... Read More
Burrowing

Burrowing

Natural Instinct Hedgehogs sleep during the day in any dark places that they can find. In the wild, they may hide from other animals in vacated burrows, under rocks, or in thick vegetation.  They typically dig their own shallow burrows under some form of cover. They... Read More
Cage Pacing and Circling

Cage Pacing and Circling

Normal Behavior Hedgehogs are quite active in the wild and frequently run in circles. Therefore, running laps inside the cage can be a great form of exercise. Hedgehogs can run in circles or even in a figure-eight form. Breeders report seeing athletic hedgehog moms... Read More
Digging

Digging

Instinctual Habit In the wild, hedgehogs dig dens in the ground, both for protection from predators and as shelter from the elements. Hedgehogs have powerful forefeet and claws designed specifically for digging. While digging habits vary between species, the... Read More
Elimination Habits

Elimination Habits

VIDEO.:  Tip to avoid being pooped on 😉 Baby Hedgehogs Young hedgehogs are especially prone to releasing their bowels on their handlers. When you first get your hedgehog, expect to get pooped on! Hedgehog babies typically get better as they get older. Wake-Up Ritual... Read More
Explore Mode

Explore Mode

In the wild, hedgehogs are always exploring their surroundings for food and shelter. Pet hedgehogs are shy and tend to take some time to uncurl and explore their surroundings. Sudden movements and noises tend to startle them and make them curl into a ball. When your... Read More
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