8 Little Known Facts About Hedgehogs

Hedgehogs' Global Presence: Hedgehogs, resembling bristly piglets, are found worldwide, from Great Britain to Europe, Asia, and Africa, even establishing residences in places like New Zealand and Scottish islands as "invasive species."

Diverse Hedgehog Species: With seventeen delightful species globally, hedgehogs exhibit various behaviors. The long-eared hedgehog, for instance, differs by flinging itself at predators instead of rolling into a ball.

Mammalian Reproduction: Hedgehog births involve a unique challenge as newborns are born with a protective layer covering their spikes, ensuring a safer entry into the world.

Hedgehog Offspring - Hoglets: Baby hedgehogs, termed "hoglets," are born the size of a penny, staying in nests for three to four weeks before emerging. They spend ten days learning from their mothers before venturing out independently.

Varied Diet of Hedgehogs: Contrary to the assumption of being strictly insectivores, hedgehogs have a diverse diet, including berries, mushrooms, grass roots, insects, snails, frogs, toads, snakes, eggs, and carrion for protein.

Predators and Threats: Hedgehogs face predation from eagles, owls, badgers, and other carnivores. While smaller meat-eaters may struggle with full-sized hedgehogs, they can pose a threat to hoglets.

Edible Hedgehogs: Surprisingly, hedgehogs find a place in some diets. Historical recipes, particularly from the Late Middle Ages and among the Romani people, include hedgehog as a culinary choice.

Hedgehog-Flavored Controversy: In 1981, "Hedgehog Flavour Crisps" faced controversy when accused of false advertising for containing no actual hedgehogs. The charge was dismissed after Romani people confirmed the hedgehog-like taste, prompting a name change to "Hedgehog Flavoured Crisps."