Close up of small Hedgehog HD Wallpaper

Close up of small Hedgehog HD Wallpaper

Hedgehogs are easily recognized by their spines, which are hollow hairs made stiff with keratin. Their spines are not poisonous or barbed and unlike the quills of a porcupine, cannot easily be removed from the animal.
However, spines normally come out when a hedgehog sheds baby spines and replaces them with adult spines. This is called ‘quilling’.

When under extreme stress or during sickness, a hedgehog can also lose its spines. Their under-parts are covered by coarse grey-brown fur, forming long skirts along flanks. A hedgehog measures around 23 centimetres in length and has a 4 centimetre tail. They can weigh up to 2 kilograms. The Hedgehog has a powerful forefoot and claws for digging.

Hedgehogs have 5 toes on their front paws with short nails. However, on their back paws they have 4 toes with long, constantly growing nails. They have these characteristics because hedgehogs burrow. They can also climb, swim and can sprint a surprisingly fast 6 miles per hour.

(Source: Animalcorner)

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