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20 Enchanting Facts About Hedgehogs

Hedgie power!

1. The name for a baby hedgehog is a hoglet.

2. Hedgies have poor eyesight, but excellent senses of smell and hearing.

3. Hedgehogs got their name through their foraging habits.

4. Each hedgie has around 5,000 spines — each of which lasts about a year.

5. Hedgehogs are known as the gardener's friend.

6. There are 17 different species of hedgehog.

7. The most common domesticated hedgehog is the African pygmy hedgehog.

8. European hedgehogs hibernate throughout winter.

9. It is illegal to own a hedgehog in Pennsylvania.

10. Hedgehogs are not affected by adder venom.

11. The first hedgehog was domesticated in 4 B.C.

12. They're well-represented in literature.

13. Hedgehogs are lactose intolerant.

14. The collective noun is "an array of hedgehogs."

15. In 2006, McDonald's in the U.K. changed the McFlurry to a hedgehog-friendly design.

16. A hedgehog can run over six feet per second.

17. They're best friends with dinosaurs.

18. They're good at wearing sombreros.

19. They love to dance.

20. And a hedgehog taking a bath is the cutest thing known to man.