Hedgehogs

Hedgehogs

Order : Insectivora
Family : Erinaceidae
Subfamily : Erinaceinae

 

Facts about the subfamily Erinaceinae, the hedgehogs

The typical group, or Erinaceinae, is represented only by the hedgehogs, with the one genus Erinaceus, easily recognized by their spiny coats, and further characterized by the rudimentary fl~SJ~5 tail, the presence of vacuities in the palate, and the broad hogs.

The literary history of Erinaceinae is rich: In Shakespeare's _The Tempest_, Caliban complains of them "tumbling in my barefoot way, mounting their pricks at my footfall. (Full text)

(Incidentally, the toxin resistance of hedgehogs is truly prodigious and has been the subject of some research; they are one of the few animals that can safely eat giant toads (_Bufo marinus_), for instance.

One of the most frustrating behaviors of hedgehogs is their defensive posture of rolling into a tight ball.

"The welfare of the hedgehogs is of prime consideration to us and we feel that it would be cruel to the hedgehogs to do this," he said. (Full text)

A curious behavior exhibited by hedgehogs is their habit of self-anointing.

Sexing hedgehogs is fairly straightforward, although more difficult in very young animals.

Captives seem to be much larger; the smallest of our three hedgehogs is 250 g and growing, and our large male weighs about 400-450 g when he isn't overweight. (Full text)

Captives seem to be much larger; the smallest of our three hedgehogs is 250 g and growing, and our large male weighs about 400-450 g when he isn’t overweight. (Full text)

Respiratory Disease The most common cause of respiratory disease in hedgehogs is bacterial infection. (Full text)

Hedgehogs are not aggressive, but they may bite if provoked.

House of the rising Moonglum » Hedgehogs Are A Sexy Fruit

European species of Hedgehogs are found in practically all of the European countries, in China, Manchuria, and Korea. (Full text)

Hedgehogs: Hedgehogs are small insectivores looking much like an upside-down oval bowl, that is covered with sharp quills, with an adorable little face and ears peeking out from one end (Full text)

Learn How Easy Hedgehogs Are To Care For (Full text)

-- Katherine Long Other books on pet hedgehogs are also available and can be found at some book stores, or by contacting the publishers directly.

Hedgehogs are relatively easy to tame and have minimal care requirements.

Hedgehogs are extremely easy to care for and make GREAT PETS!

I do not believe that hedgehogs are suited as pets. (Full text)

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