Where do hedgehogs live in the wild?

Where do hedgehogs live in the wild?


Where do hedgehogs live in the wild?

Where do hedgehogs live? They inhabit a wide range across a variety of climates and terrains in East Africa, West Africa, and Central Africa. They must have dry shelters on well-drained soil and a good supply of ground-dwelling insects and other invertebrates.

How long do hedgehogs live as pets?

Dr. Keller says, “With appropriate care and keeping, your hedgehog will live about five years, and some even live longer than eight years.” If you have any questions about hedgehogs, contact your local veterinarian.

Why are hedgehogs cute?

Their Name Comes From The Way They Forage For Food The name hedgehog was given to these cute little critters because of they way they search for food. Foraging in forests and fields, they use their strong sense of smell to sniff the ground. As they do so they often make grunting noises that sound very much like a pig.


Where do hedgehogs go in the daytime?

During the day, and during winter hibernation, the hedgehog will sleep in a specially built nest in thick undergrowth, under a shed, in piles of leaves or unlit bonfires.

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Do hedgehogs stay in the same garden?

Hedgehogs are not territorial, however they do seem to follow a regular routine, visiting the same gardens and even specific areas at roughly the same time each night.

Do hedgehogs like to be held?

Every hedgehog has a unique personality, but most aren’t interested in human affection. Caretakers note that it takes a lot of time and effort to get a hedgehog to tolerate being held. Like porcupines, hedgehogs have sharp, prickly quills that they use to fend off predators.


Do hedgehogs cuddle with you?

Some hedgehogs do seem to like to snuggle up to their human companions, while others might be shyer or simply prefer exploring and moving about over sitting still and cuddling.

Do hedgehogs stink?

Hedgehogs don’t have any scent glands like ferrets, skunks, or even cats! So when we’re clean, we don’t have any particular scent. Like any animal, if they aren’t kept clean, they begin to smell funky. Since domestic hedgehogs are caged animals, we walk through whatever is in our cage.

Do hedgehogs bite?

However, you should try to use gloves when handling a hedgehog for your own health and safety. Hedgehogs can bite you, but very rarely will that happen. This usually happens when they are young and think your fingers are going to feed them (if they have been fed via a syringe as they had no mother).

Are hedgehogs dirty?

Practice Smart Hygiene. While hedgies aren’t very dirty animals, you should still give your hands a good wash after handling them and touching things in their cage. They have the ability to carry salmonella and there have been outbreaks linked to pet hedgehogs in the past.

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Do hedgehogs get along with cats?

Hedgehogs and cats will never be best friends, but they’re unlikely to fight. Cats grow bored of animals they can’t play with, and hedgehogs are solitary animals that keep to themselves. You should expect cats and hedgehogs to ignore each other and co-exist peacefully.

Do hedgehogs keep rats away?

Keeping Rats Away From Your Garden Safely Honestly the best way I can think of to make sure that rats are not attracted by you feeding hedgehogs is to keep your garden or living area rat free. There are some simple things you can do to try to minimize the risk of rats hanging around where you live.


Do hedgehogs come out the same time every night?

That rest is often through the first and last part of the night but can also be in the day time. Routinely we expect to see hedgehogs come out in the evening around 9.30pm and go back to bed by 5am.

Can hedgehogs climb fences?

Despite their small stature, hedgehogs can actually climb high walls and even fences. Wire fences are easy for them to climb, and they can even climb wooden fences over a meter high!

What does hedgehog poo look like?

Hedgehog poo is sausage-like in shape, like that of a small carnivore. It is usually shiny and squidgy, and may be tapered at one end. Normally black in colour, hedgehog droppings may contain berry pips and shiny fragments from insect body parts.

Will 2 hedgehogs share a house?

They are solitary creatures, and as such do like to be alone. It’s not like they need the company of another hedgehog to fulfil some kind of emotional need! It is, however, possible to house more than one hedgehog together. There are some things you should know before you do this.

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Do hedgehogs have fleas?

Hedgehogs are renowned for having fleas. However, the fleas found on hedgehogs are actually hedgehog fleas (scientific name: Archaeopsylla erinacei) which are host specific, meaning they will not survive for long on any other species, be it pets or people.

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Written by: Sweeny Jane

proud mom of Baby, and i am an animal lover as I have at home a cat, a dog, a fish tank, birds… This diversity makes me special because I provide many answers to your questions that increase your knowledge about your pets friends. I have 7 years of experience working with pets. i hope you enjoy our tips.