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 is nervous or mildly irritated.
- The furrow provides space for the raised spines so they point forward, instead of criss-crossing when the skin is pulled down over the eyes.
- Both sexes have short, stubby tails that are usually hidden under their quills.
- Hedgehogs’ tails are approximately a half-inch in length.
- The tail can be confused with a penis, because the tail curves toward the head when the hedgehog is placed on it’s back. The male’s penile sheath and hidden penis are located mid-abdominally.
- One thing to look for is a tail is sticking straight out or up: that means it needs to potty, so be prepared!
- This small bump under the chin is harmless and normal.
- It is often referred to as a “cutie mark.”
Contributor: Susan Crocker, Susan’s Hawkeye Hedgies