When the mom gives birth, she will take care of a group of between 4-6 hoglets.
The female will only look after, and feed, her young for 8 weeks.
You rarely, if ever, see a large gathering of hedgehogs.
While not very territorial in nature, they are very routine-orientated animals who appear to love a routine.
Hedgehogs are known for visiting and returning to the same areas at similar times.
If they do meet, they will simply tolerate one another, unless there is competition either for food or to mate. Then aggression can occur.
And as pets, its generally best to keep them alone. Don’t worry about loneliness or companionship – they do more than fine on their own.
There is a range of interesting terms that are used to describe hedgehogs. Below you will find the most common ones:
Boar Male hedgehog
Sow Female hedgehog
Hoglet Baby hedgehog
Urchin An alternate name for baby hedgehogs
Litter All babies of one particular hedgehog litter
Mammal The term used to classify all warm-blooded animals that possess hair or fur, where the females secrete milk to feed their young, and that will generally give birth to live young.
Insectivore An animal that feeds on insects, worms, and other invertebrates.
Spines/Quills The prickly hairs on a hedgehog’s back in which they are predominantly identified and known for.
Hedgehogs typically possess 7000 spines. Quills is another term used for spines.
Nocturnal An animal that is active during the nighttime hours.
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