An Array of Hedgehog Facts

  

An Array of Hedgehog Facts

To celebrate the publication of Sally Coulthard's beautiful new book, The Hedgehog Handbook, we have put together a list of ten fun facts about our endangered spiny friends. 
 
 
 
1. Hedgehogs can climb trees, swim, and run over six feet per second.
2. Baby hedgehogs are called hoglets.
3. Hedgehogs usually live around 3-7 years in the wild but the oldest recorded example was a female who lived to the ripe old age of 15.
4. Old names for hedgehogs have included ‘urchin’ and ‘hedgepig’.
5. Adult hedgehogs have between 3,000 and 5,000 spines. Each spine lasts for about a year before it drops out and a new one is grown.
6. Hedgehogs are lactose intolerant.
7. A group of hedgehogs is called ‘an array.’ Hedgehogs are also known as ‘The Gardener’s Friend.’
8. Unlike porcupine quills, Hedgehog spikes are not barbed or poisonous.
9. There used to be such a thing as The International Hedgehog Olympic Games (IHOG).
10. In New Zealand, a satirical political party tried to get a hedgehog elected to parliament.
 
The Hedgehog Handbook is out now in hardback and ebook.
 
 

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