About Western Hedgehog
Hedgehogs have a very effective self-defense mechanism. A hedgehog’s back is covered with about 6,000 sharp spines. When a hedgehog senses danger or is threatened, it will roll its body up in a ball and its sharp spines will stand on end. Any predator that dares attack a hedgehog in this defensive position is in for a painful surprise. Hedgehogs are originally from Europe. They live in many different habitats. They can live in the forest, the desert, and even your backyard. Hedgehogs hibernate 6 months of every year. They eat a variety of insects. They can be helpful in the garden because they like to eat slugs and insects that can damage plants. Hedgehogs also like to eat earthworms. Hedgehogs are nocturnal animals that feed at night.