Body Language

Jun 28, 2013 by

Body language and facial expression are both common forms of communication in both humans and animals. One can tell many things about a hedgehog just by paying attention to their body and spine language. Spines The most obvious and famous form of hedgehog’s body language is the use of its spines. When the spines are up, the hedgehog is most likely reacting defensively, or showing a sign of irritation. When the spines are down, the hedgehog is relaxed and comfortable in it’s surroundings. A Hedgehog raising and lowering their spines is the equivalent of a human smile and frown. When your hedgehog is scared, angry, or upset, it generally does not want you to touch it. The goal is to help your hedgehog relax and become comfortable, so that it can be handled more easily. Flat Spines Once your pet hedgehog gets to know and trust you, it will keep its spines flat while you are caressing it. It might take a while longer for it to stop raising its forehead spines or “eyebrows”. Forehead Spines or Eyebrows Humans and hedgehogs alike can use their eyebrows to communicate. Typically, when your hedgehog’s eyebrows are pulled down and are covering its eyes or face it is trying to communicate, hide, or protect itself. This can mean the hedgehog is: angry or irritated wary or uncertain scared or defensive Hedgehogs may also raise their forehead spines if you...

Vocalization & Noise

Jun 7, 2013 by

Vocalizations Hedgehogs have a wide range of sounds that they use to communicate.  You must listen carefully and observe the hedgehog’s behavior to clearly understand what your pet is trying to communicate. Different people can describe each noise that a hedgehog makes in different terms. Some sounds require little or no attention on your part.   For example, the squeaking or chirping of new babies lets you know babies have arrived and as long as momma isn’t stressed there is nothing you need to do.  Other sounds such as clicking or popping should be a clear sign to you that your hedgehog is in defense mode, and you need to change how you are handling your pet. Chirping This sound is also referred to as “squeaking”. This sound is often the first indication of new babies. Leave your mother hedgehog alone if she is in her nesting box. If you hear this sound and your hedgehog does not have a nesting box, you’ll want to give the new mother a box right away. Be sure to disturb her as little as possible when she has newborn young. This sound can also be an indication of male hedgehogs breeding and trying to court a female hedgehog. Clicking (Kissing Sound) This soft clicking sounds similar to kissing. Some hedgehogs do this when they are happy and content! Clicking (Popping) This sound is an aggressive/defensive sound that is...