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European hedgehog

Erinaceus europaeus

Description:

The European Hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus), Common hedgehog or just Hedgehog in the Anglophone parts of Europe, is a hedgehog species found in northern and western Europe. It is about 20 to 30 cm in length. Adult mass typically ranges from 600 (after hibernation) to up to 1,200 g (prior to hibernation); occasionally, it may reach as much as 1,600 g. Males tend to be slightly longer and heavier than females.

Habitat:

The European Hedgehog lives in woodland, farmland and suburban areas. It is nocturnal, and if alarmed will roll itself into a ball, protecting itself against potential predators with its spines

Notes:

i had found him on "mushroom hunt" , he was laying 30 cm away from the street. and wasn't much moving. I had take 2 sticks, with them i transported him away from the street to a hedge after wich a little forrest was. he had no visible wounds and maybe because he was frightend he just keept rolled. i think he was ill. he hadn't much energy. but that was the only thing i could do for him (sadly).

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3 Comments

AlexKonig
AlexKonig 9 years ago

i hoped so , but he had crap behind him, even before i found him and was really energyless, even by going into defense-position. normaly i would go relativ fast but he maked big effort to get into position. fly around (not much to say, because hedgehogs can not do much personly cleaning), a big tik on the left side of his nek. i hope was well but i suspected he was ill, and surely he was cute!!

p.young713
p.young713 9 years ago

He is cute! I think you are right Marta!

The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

May be he was OK and only faking to be half dead to discourage the potentisl predator :-)

AlexKonig
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AlexKonig

Geldrop-Mierlo, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands

Spotted on Sep 30, 2011
Submitted on Oct 1, 2011

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