Scientific Name: Atelerix albiventris
Diet: mainly insects; also fruits, grasses, eggs, snakes
Life span: 6–10 years
Young: 4-6 young
Size: up to 2.2 kg (1 lb)
Look at all those spines! Hedgehogs are covered with up to 5,000 spines. Unlike a porcupine whose quills are loose and penetrate an attackers skin, a hedgehog’s spines stay firmly in place when attacked.
Hedgehogs are one of the few animals that can safely eat a poisonous scorpion.
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