Hedgehog - Interact Fact File
<div><span style="font-size:18px;"><b>Breeding</b></span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">Hedgehogs roam far and wide in search of a mate. The mating process involves the female lying down with her belly flat to the ground, as she flattens her spines to allow for the male to mount from behind.</span></div>
<div><span style="font-size:18px;"><b>Feeding</b></span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">Hedgehogs especially enjoy snacking on slugs and insects, however you can supplement their diet with specially formulated hedgehog food - available in crunchy or semi-moist varieties.</span></div>
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Hedgehog audio</span></div> youtu.be Taken in the garden where we have had at least two hedgehogs visiting at various times through the summer.
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Wild hedgehogs in the garden, one evening in spring.</span></div> youtu.be Wild hedgehogs feeding in our garden. One of them sleeps in a large hedgehog house nearby, while the other prefers a pile of leaves. They seem to be behaving...
<div><span style="font-size:18px;"><b>Basic Facts</b></span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">Hedgehogs usually hibernate from October/November through to March/April. Research has shown that each individual is likely to move nesting sites at least once during this period and so can sometimes be seen out and about. During mild winters hedgehogs can remain active well into November and December.</span></div>
<div><span style="font-size:18px;"><b>Spikes</b></span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">The perfect protection, deterring a number of predators, a hedgehog's spines are modified hairs - they are essentially hollow hairs which are stiffened by keratin. When a hedgehog instinctively rolls into a ball, this contortion sends the spines pointing outwards to create a spiked shield - this fully surrounds the softer fur around the head and belly to deter predation.</span></div>
<div><span style="font-size:18px;"><b>Legs</b></span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">Hedgehogs are often percieved as slow, however they possess strong legs which are relatively long at around 10cm. They can be quite speedy when they want to be, and travel between 1 and 2 miles a night in search of food and mates.</span></div>
<div><span style="font-size:18px;"><b>Teeth / Snout</b></span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">Hedgehogs have a pointy snout to allow them easy access of nooks and crannies when finding food such as slugs. They have between 36 and 44 teeth - if you listen carefully you'll be able to hear them crunching on dry hedgehog food! </span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">Hedgehogs can eat up to eighty slugs a night - a perfect assistant to keep pesky slugs away from your vegetable patch!</span></div>

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