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Hedgehog

Hedgehog  Breed
Hedgehog Stats
Scientific Name:  Atelerix albiventris
Size:  1/2 and 1 1/4 pounds; 5 to 8 inches long
Origin:  Africa, Europe
Life Expectancy:  4 to 7 years
Temperament:  alert, active, friendly




Hedgehog Species Profile

The hedgehog is a member of the Insectivora order, and eats mostly insects. The back of the animal is covered with quills, which serve as a defense. Quills are hollow and made from keratin, the same substance as hair. Adult hedgehogs rarely lose quills unless they're ill. Hedgehogs have sharp teeth and a pointed snout, and they live a solitary life in the wild.

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