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The Fascinating Hedgehog

By Arnold Woods

Hedgehogs act as a source of food in many cultures. The hedgehog was normally eaten by people in ancient Egypt. And in some recipes of the middle ages, the hedgehog meat is still called for. Hedgehog meat is regarded to be of huge medicinal value especially in people like the Bedouins who are mostly from the Middle East.

Rheumatism and arthritis are even thought to be cured by the hedgehog meat. Supposedly known to feed on the hedgehog meat are the Romani people. They also use its blood and fat for its medical value. The hedgehog suggested method of killing it is a very funny way. It’s held by its hind legs and then its nose chopped off at the tip leaving it to bleed to death. This usually happens when it unrolls. You can simply tell a hedgehog by looking at its spines. They have hairs that are hollow and which have been made firm with keratin. These spines do not carry poison and neither are they barbed. The spines unlike the porcupine’s “quills” are not simple to remove them from a hedgehog. But such factors like stress, sickness among others can make the spines come off.

You can simply be able to know a hedgehog by only looking at its spines. They are covered with hollow hair that has been made stiff by keratin. Neither are these spines poisonous or barbed. Removing them however is not that easy a task as compared to the porcupine’s “quills”. However, they usually come off on their own due to some factors like illness, stress among others.
Hedgehogs are normally nocturnal. But all through the day, they may be more or less dynamic and this also depends on some species. The hedgehog sleeps frequently during daytime and this they do for a large part of the day. All wild hedgehogs usually hibernate, but factors like temperatures and food abundance among others can affect their hibernation.

In their ownership, Hedgehogs have many protection methods. In most cases, a hedgehog wouldn’t deal with threat. But it would rather take off either rolled up as a ball or not. All hedgehogs have the power to run. Up to 4.5 miles per hour or even better can be achieved by most hedgehogs. They are also adept to swimming and at scaling walls that are steep and trees.

Some of the desert hedgehogs have an adaptation of bearing less weight, and therefore they would try to run away or in some instances, even try attacking the intruder. They usually try to ram into the intruder using their spines. As a last resort, they roll. This behavior conceives the different types of predators on hedgehogs. For example, forest hedgehogs have rather not so many predators but the few available are birds (in particular owls) and with the smaller species; they have foxes, wolves and mongoose as their predators.

Want to find out more about HedgeHogs, then visit Arnold Woods’s site on how to choose the best HedgeHog for your needs.

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