Our lovely Hedgehogs & Trees collection with the National Trust celebrates these magnificent animals, and we’ve put together ten facts you might not have known about these spikey animals, whether that’s “are hedgehogs lactose intolerant?” or “how many spines does a hedgehog have?”. We’ve got some insightful and fun hedgehog facts for you to learn.
1. Hedgehogs are lactose intolerant
Hedgehogs are lactose intolerant and should not be given milk. Meaty cat or dog food plus water is much better for them.
2. They are nocturnal
You won't spot these spikey animals during the day as hedgehogs are nocturnal, meaning they’ll sleep during the day and come out at night (you will spot them on Sophie's new collection though).
3. Hedgehogs can hibernate
Hedgehogs are amongst a few animals to hibernate in the UK, meaning they hole themselves up and stay in a dormant state for the winter months to save energy.
4. A baby hedgehog is called a hoglet
A baby hedgehog is called a hoglet. Did you also know that a very long time ago, hedgehogs were called urchins?
5. Hedgehogs have between 5000 and 7000 spines
Hedgehogs are famous for curling up into a tight ball and using their spines to protect themselves against predators. They shed and grow new spines throughout their lives and can have anywhere between five and seven thousand. Something you might not know is hedgehogs also have small tails.
6. A group of hedgehogs is called an array
It’s very rare that you will see a group of hedgehogs together in one place, but if you ever do, then you'll know that a group of hedgehogs is called an array.
7. They can walk over two miles in one night
They may have little legs, but hedgehogs can travel for up to two miles in one night, especially when they are out foraging for food.
8. Their name suits their character
They are called hedgehogs for a reason, the word ‘hedge’ comes from where they tend to build their nests (hedges, shrubs, and bushes), whilst the ‘hog’ part refers to their pig like snout.
9. Their long snout helps them hunt
Hedgehogs have a great sense of smell which they use for hunting, and their really long snout also makes it easier for them to forage for insects, caterpillars, berries and worms.
10. There are 17 different species of hedgehog in the world
The UK only has one native species of hedgehog, but there are 17 different species worldwide. Each has similar but small characteristics and habitual differences.
Have you seen the hedgehogs on Sophie’s latest collection? You’ll find them on a range of kitchen and table linens, accessories and bedding! Do you have any hedgehog facts that you’d like to share? Leave them in the comments below!