- Though originally native to Africa and often referred to as the "African Pygmy," the most commonly kept hedgehogs are probably a mix of different hedgehog species and descriptively named by breeders as opposed to being classified by a true species name.
- Hedgehogs are considered to be insectivores, relying on insects for much of their dietary needs. They are, however, opportunistic feeders who will eat almost anything they find.
- When threatened, hedgehogs roll into a tight ball, protecting their face, eyes, limbs, and bellies.
- If necessary, a hedgehog can run over six feet per second. In fact, many hedgehogs will attempt to escape an attacker before they roll into a protective, spiny ball.
- Hedgehogs have very sensitive senses of smell and hearing. They can even hear in the ultrasonic range.
- Hedgehogs prefer to live apart from other members of their own species, however, can form a tight bond with their human counterparts.
- Hedgehogs prefer controlled periods of light and darkness, as well as undisturbed periods of rest.
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