Hedgehogs are small, spiny mammals. They are mostly nocturnal, sleeping in shallow holes or under rocks during the day. They eat insects, frogs, snails and some greenery. When threatened, they roll into a tight ball!
Fun fact: Hedgehogs have also been known as urchins, hedgepigs and furzepigs!
We've got a fun fact-finding worksheet for you to help the kids learn about hedgehogs, as well...
Hedgehog Videos to Enjoy
Very cute baby hedgehog!
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Hedgehogs In Stories
Beatrix Potter's Mrs Tiggy-winkle is probably the most famous hedgehog in the world! Here is an extract to enjoy:
"Lucie opened the door: and what do you think there was inside the hill? - a nice clean kitchen with a lagged floor and wooden beams - just like any other farm kitchen. Only the ceiling was so low that Lucie's head nearly touched it; and the pots and pans were small, and so was everything there.
THERE was a nice hot singey smell; and at the table, with an iron in her hand stood a very stout short person staring anxiously at Lucie.
Her print gown was tucked up, and she was wearing a large apron over her striped petticoat. Her little black nose went sniffle, sniffle, snuffle, and her eyes went twinkle, twinkle; and underneath her cap--where Lucie had yellow curls--that little person had PRICKLES!
"Who are you?" said Lucie. "Have you seen my pocket-handkins?"
The little person made a bob-curtsey - "Oh, yes, if you please'm; my name is Mrs. Tiggy-winkle; oh, yes if you please'm, I'm an excellent clear-starcher!"
And she took something out of a clothes- basket, and spread it on the ironing-blanket.