Ears & Hearing

Ears & Hearing

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, in defense. Hedgehogs can become... Read More
Eyes & Sight

Eyes & Sight

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 vision. They have a hard time with... Read More
Nose & Smelling

Nose & Smelling

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 gather information from it’s... Read More
Quills, Spines & Fur

Quills, Spines & Fur

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 alternate between using “spines” and... Read More
Small Oddities

Small Oddities

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 it’s forehead spines, when it... Read More
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