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What are fun facts about hedgehogs?
15 hedgehog facts for kids
- They are nocturnal.
- They are called hedgehogs for a reason.
- Hedgehogs can hibernate.
- Hedgehogs are lactose intolerant.
- They weren’t always called hedgehogs.
- Their long snout is useful.
- They don’t use their eyes to hunt.
- There isn’t just one species of hedgehog.
Why is a hedgehog called a hedgehog?
The hedgehog was named because of its peculiar foraging methods. These animals root through hedges and other undergrowth in search of the small creatures that compose the bulk of their diet—insects, worms, centipedes, snails, mice, frogs, and snakes.
How do hedgehogs drink water?
Water needs to be easily available to hedgehogs to drink and we have a water food bowl combo, where the hedgehog can eat and then immediately drink if he so chooses. We’ve also put a water dispenser in his cage, so if he needs extra water, it’s available to him.
What does a hedgehog do for fun?
Like many pocket pets, hedgehogs love to explore mazes and tunnels. This will keep Hedgie active, and offer him mental stimulation. You can buy labyrinths, or make your own out of shoeboxes or PVC pipe. To make your pet’s explorations even more fun for him, hide a snack at the end of the tunnel.
Why are hedgehogs illegal?
Some regions have banned the practice of keeping hedgehogs, as some carry the highly contagious foot-and-mouth disease. They can also transmit salmonella bacteria as well as viral and fungal diseases, and their sharp spines can puncture skin and cause infections.
Do hedgehogs recognize their name?
Hedgehogs do not recognize their names like dogs and cats do. However, if you give them names and call them often, they will respond and give you their attention because the name or your voice is familiar. They will even respond to different names as long as your voice is familiar to them.
What happens if you give a hedgehog milk?
Feeding hedgehogs Leave out foods like tinned dog or cat food and cat biscuits or crushed dog biscuits. Good quality, meaty specialist hedgehog food can be bought from wildlife food suppliers. Never feed hedgehogs milk as it can cause diarrhoea; instead provide plain, fresh water in a shallow bowl.
Do Hedgehogs recognize their name?
Can hedgehogs be pets?
Hedgehogs live alone in the wild and are typically solitary animals. Hedgehogs can be a fun and low-maintenance pet for your household, but they do need some special care. They have sharp quills that can make handling difficult. Consistent and proper daily handling will help them relax and feel comfortable with you.