The Aging Hedgehog

Sep 2, 2013 by

Hedgehogs go through an aging process similar to humans and other animals. Activity and Movement As hedgehogs age they become less active and are generally slower in what they do. Their gait may appear to be stiffer and as they age...

Quills, Spines & Fur

Sep 2, 2013 by

The most unique and obvious physical characteristic of hedgehogs is their quills. The weight of the spines accounts for approximately 35% of the hedgehog’s weight. (Miller) Spines Versus Quills Most breeders and enthusiasts...

Senses: Motion & Emotion Detect...

Jul 23, 2013 by

Motion Detection Hedgehogs are very good at detecting motion around them, even when they are rolled into a ball or cannot see.  Hedgehogs will often perceive movement as danger unless they are completely relaxed with their...

Random Physical Characteristics

Jul 19, 2013 by

Size The average hedgehog weighs approximately ½ to 1-¼ pounds and most are the size of a softball or slightly larger when they are rolled into a ball. Some adult hedgehogs have a slightly larger build and can weigh up to 2 pounds...

Hedgehog Longevity

Jun 11, 2013 by

Natural Longevity Hedgehogs typically live two to three years in the wild.  The most common cause of death in the wild is due to predation rather than age. Various resources report a relatively wide range in the maximum life...

Weight Log & Size

Jun 11, 2013 by

The average hedgehog weighs approximately ½ to 1-¼ pounds, and most are the size of a softball or slightly larger when they are rolled into a ball. Some adult hedgehogs have a slightly larger build and can weigh up to 2 pounds (the...

Hibernation & Estivation

May 27, 2013 by

In the Wild European species of hedgehogs hibernate in the wild when the temperature becomes too cold. They spend the warmer months building fat reserves to sustain them through their periods of inactivity. In the wild, African...

Ears & Hearing

May 27, 2013 by

Ear Description and Hearing Hedgehogs have large ears and have an excellent sense of hearing, making them alert to their surroundings. Unfamiliar sounds or loud noises can cause hedgehogs to react by huffing and ducking their heads,...

Eyes & Sight

May 27, 2013 by

Hedgehogs are born blind and have small bead like eyes. Sight Hedgehogs have a poor sense of sight.  This is probably due in part to their burrowing nature. Compared to humans, and even dogs and cats, hedgehogs have limited binocular...

Nose & Smelling

May 27, 2013 by

Keen Sense of Smell Hedgehogs have a keen sense of smell that is very useful to them in search of food and detecting danger. Their nose is warm and moist and a curious hedgehog will have their snout in the air sniffing, in order to...

Gender Differences

May 27, 2013 by

Physical Gender Differences Male hedgehogs are called boars. Their penis is retracted within a penile sheath that is located in the mid-abdominal region of the hedgehog. The external portion of the sheath most closely resembles a...

Small Oddities

May 26, 2013 by

Forehead Furrow or Reverse Mohawk There is a natural part on the forehead of the hedgehog where there are no spines.  This natural bald spot is normal and is in no way related to the presence of mites or injury. A hedgehog can raise...