JavaScript must be enabled in order for you to use the Site in standard view. However, it seems JavaScript is either disabled or not supported by your browser. To use standard view, enable JavaScript by changing your browser options.

 
| Last Updated:: 04/05/2019

Hedgehogs- An Invasive Species

 

 

 

 

 

  • Genera and Species – Hedgehogs belong to the Erinaceinae sub-family, five genera under it with 16 species.

 

 

  • Distribution- Hedgehogs are found in parts of Europe, Asia and Africa. No hedgehogs are found in Australia and America.

 

 

  • Diet- Hedgehogs are omnivorous and feed on insects, snails, frogs and toads, snakes, bird egs, berried and melons and watermelons.

 

 

  • Lifespan- Hedgehogs lifespan depends upon its size. Large species live 4 to 7 years and smaller species live 2 to 4 years.

 

 

  • Speed- Hedgehogs are fast and can run in short bursts of spped 0f about 3.22 kmph.

 

 

 

  • Hibernation- During hibernation, body temperature of the animal decreases to 2 °C.

 

 

Source: The New Indian Express, 04 May 2019, Chennai.