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Interesting Facts and Adorable Photos of Hedgehog and Hoglets that will Make your Day

The interesting oddities and adorable traits of hedgehogs have captured the hearts of millions of people. ‘Hedge’ stands for the hedges, shrubs, and bushes where they build their nests. They can be white or light brown to black, with several shades found in bands along their quills. The hog part comes from their snorting/grunting, similar to that of a pig or warthog. Hedgehogs weren’t always called hedgehogs. They were initially called Urchins, leading to their naming Sea Urchins. Even today, some still refer to baby hedgies as urchins, although hoglet has gained popularity as a nickname for baby hedgies.

Coarse hair covers their belly, face, and neck. Hedgehogs sometimes cover their eyes with a dark brown or black mask. Despite having a small body, these fascinating creatures have powerful legs and large feet with five toes each. Hedgehogs are excellent diggers because of their curved claws. A hedgehog’s spiky outer armor provides the best defense against predators. Hedgehogs have about 3,000 to 5,000 quills covering their backs to protect them from predators. The hedgehog makes its body pointy and sharp by crisscrossing its quills when threatened. To protect its soft belly, it tucks in its head, legs, and tail with its belly muscles, back muscles, and extra skin. Predators find it challenging to open the solid ball of spikes. Hedgies communicate by sound. Depending on the purpose of their communication, they make different sounds. When foraging for food, their noises will be grunt-like. Hedgehogs have long snouts that help them hunt. As a result, they can forage for their staple diet of insects, worms, caterpillars, and berries more easily. Due to their poor eyesight, they hunt primarily by hearing and smell, although they can see quite well in the dark.

Hedgehogs are typically solitary, pairing up only for mating. During mating, they make loud snuffling noises. A male circle a female for hours to entice her to mate. After that, they will separate, and the male will not be involved in the family’s raising. They usually give birth in June and July. The young are born in litters ranging from one to eleven. However, only two or three usually survive. Before heading out alone, they spend only four to seven weeks with their mothers. Male hedgehogs, which sometimes prey on their young, are among the predators’ female hedgehogs have to worry about during this period. Hedgehog mothers tend to abandon or eat their hoglets if disturbed.

In some cases, hedgehog mothers move their young to a new nest if the nest is disturbed. Hedgehog babies are born blind and with soft spines after 32 days. It is rare for a late litter born in September to survive their first winter. Their mothers suckle them until they can hunt on their own. The mother will take the young out on their first foraging expedition after about four weeks, and then the family will separate after ten days.

Hedgehogs have a long snout to help them hunt. It is even ahead of their mouths as it makes it easier to forage for their staple diet of insects, worms, caterpillars, and berries. They hunt primarily using their hearing and smell because their eyesight is not very good, although they can see quite well in the dark.

Here are some adorable photos of Hedgehog and hoglets that will make your day.

#1 Hello, human

Hello, human

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#2 My hedgehog drives me everywhere

My hedgehog drives me everywhere

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#3 The happiest little hedgehog

The happiest little hedgehog

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#4 Mummy hedgehog with her mini-me baby

Mummy hedgehog with her mini-me baby

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#5 Hedgehog wearing a tiny knitted pom pom hat

Hedgehog wearing a tiny knitted pom pom hat

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#6 Just a hedgehog practicing its camouflage

Just a hedgehog practicing its camouflage

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#7 Baby hedgehog

Baby hedgehog

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#8 Hedgehog muffins

Hedgehog muffins

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#9 Since a lot of people enjoyed the scraggly one toothed hedgehog here he is after his bath last night

Since a lot of people enjoyed the scraggly one toothed hedgehog here he is after his bath last night

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#10 Little hedgehog named darcy

Little hedgehog named darcy

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#11 Hedgehog covered in bubbles

Hedgehog covered in bubbles

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#12 Meet biddy, the travelling hedgehog

Meet biddy, the travelling hedgehog

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#13 Baby bear had a baff

Baby bear had a baff

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#14 I showed my friend (who owns a hedgehog) the “enthusiastic hedgehog” meme. Two days later she sent me this pic

I showed my friend (who owns a hedgehog) the "enthusiastic hedgehog" meme. Two days later she sent me this pic

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#15 My best friend just sent me this picture of her hedgehog

My best friend just sent me this picture of her hedgehog

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#16 Hedgehog to the sky!

Hedgehog to the sky!

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#17 Baby hedgehog

Baby hedgehog

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#18 I take my hedgehog grocery shopping, and no one tells me to stop

I take my hedgehog grocery shopping, and no one tells me to stop

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#19 My scraggly one toothed hedgehog found his way into my shoe. I guess it’s his now

My scraggly one toothed hedgehog found his way into my shoe. I guess it's his now

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#20 Hogs’ time out

Hogs' time out

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#21 Hedgehogs make great cuddle buddies! My shiba inu toby loves him

Hedgehogs make great cuddle buddies! My shiba inu toby loves him

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#22 Cute hedgehog floating in a bath tub

Cute hedgehog floating in a bath tub

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#23 Cute hedgehog

Cute hedgehog

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#24 I took this picture of my hedgehog smiling and meditating

I took this picture of my hedgehog smiling and meditating

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#25 If i fits, i sits

If i fits, i sits

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#26 A hedgehog with a strawberry on its head

A hedgehog with a strawberry on its head

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#27 Where two worlds meet

Where two worlds meet

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#28 Birthday boy

Birthday boy

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#29 Hedgehog beauty sleep

Hedgehog beauty sleep

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#30 Chilled

Chilled

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#31 Hedgehog in avocado heaven

Hedgehog in avocado heaven

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#32 Penelope the hedgehog in her new pink tent!

Penelope the hedgehog in her new pink tent!

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#33 Silly hedgehog, you’re not a pear

Silly hedgehog, you're not a pear

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#34 Hedgehog in a cup

Hedgehog in a cup

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#35 When the parents are gone for the day the hedgehogs will play!

When the parents are gone for the day the hedgehogs will play!

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#36 Rub a dub dub one hedgie in the tub

Rub a dub dub one hedgie in the tub

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#37 Her silly smile

Her silly smile

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#38 Edge hog

Edge hog

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#39 No more pictures please!

No more pictures please!

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#40 He’s so happy

He's so happy

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#41 My hedgehog, jeffrey, in a tea-cup

My hedgehog, jeffrey, in a tea-cup

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#42 Hedgie

Hedgie

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#43 Baby hedgehog

Baby hedgehog

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#44 Here’s my hedgehog with a cheese grater

Here's my hedgehog with a cheese grater

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#45 My little albino hedgehog named … Hedgehog

My little albino hedgehog named ... Hedgehog

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#46 My hedgehog is cuter than your honor student

My hedgehog is cuter than your honor student

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#47 Little prickles

Little prickles

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#48 Undercover agent jb

Undercover agent jb

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#49 Baby hedg

Baby hedg

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#50 Cute hedgehog

Cute hedgehog

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#51 Cute hedgehog

Cute hedgehog

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Cute hedgehog

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Cute hedgehog

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Cute hedgehog

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Cute hedgehog

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Cute hedgehog

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Cute hedgehog

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Cute hedgehog

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Cute hedgehog

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Cute hedgehog

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Cute hedgehog

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Cute hedgehog

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Cute hedgehog

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Cute hedgehog

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Cute hedgehog

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Cute hedgehog

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Cute hedgehog

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Cute hedgehog

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Cute hedgehog

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Cute hedgehog

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Cute hedgehog

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Cute hedgehog

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Cute hedgehog

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Cute hedgehog

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Cute hedgehog

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Cute hedgehog

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Cute hedgehog

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Cute hedgehog

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Cute hedgehog

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Cute hedgehog

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Cute hedgehog

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Cute hedgehog

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Cute hedgehog

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Cute hedgehog

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Cute hedgehog

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Cute hedgehog

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Cute hedgehog

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Cute hedgehog

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Cute hedgehog

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Cute hedgehog

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Cute hedgehog

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Cute hedgehog

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Cute hedgehog

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Cute hedgehog

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Cute hedgehog

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Cute hedgehog

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Cute hedgehog

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Cute hedgehog

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