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WHAT IS THE HEDGEHOG?


The Hedgehog is a mammal and it can grow to the size of six to nine inches long. The average lifespan of hedgehog is ten years and it reaches sexual maturity between the ages of 1 and 2. It's gestation period usually lasts anywhere between 34 and 37 days. The hedgehog lives in open country throughout Central Africa where it feeds on a diet of mostly insects, crustaceans, eggs and carrion.



There are 11 species of hedgehog native to Africa, Asia, and Europe, and they have been introduced to New Zealand. Hedgehogs have a litter of one to seven babies which are born with the spines just below the skin. Spines start to appear within 24 hours of birth. The only natural predators for hedgehogs are large owls and hawks with well protected claws and feet. To protect it against these types of enemies it has a very large muscle in it's stomach to help it roll into a ball when attacked. It's spines are it's natural defense much a like a porcupine.














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Although the hedgehog is native to Africa, Asia and Europe all eleven species have been introduced into New Zealand. The quills or spines on a hedgehog are not poisonous but the hedgehog does apply saliva to the quills to make them more irritable to predators. Although they sound scary, hedgehogs help control the insect population by eating beetles, wasps, bees, and venomous snakes.

 

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