Hedgehogs are small, spiny mammals. They are mostly nocturnal, sleeping in shallow holes or under rocks during the day. They eat insects, frogs, snails and some greenery. When threatened, they roll into a tight ball!
Fun Facts about Hedgehogs
- Hedgehogs have also been known as urchins, hedgepigs and furzepigs
- They are the only native British animal that has spines, or quills
- Each spine lasts for about a year before it falls out and is replaced by another one. A hedghog can have between 5,000 and 6,000 spines.
- It is thought that there were about 30 million hedgehogs in the UK in the 1950s, but recent surveys suggest that are are only about 1 million left now
- Baby hedgehogs are called hoglets
- Hedgehogs have very poor eyesight so they rely on their senses of hearing and smell
- A group of hedgehogs is called an array.
- Hedgehogs are one of only three British mammals (the others being bats and dormice) that hibernate.