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  • Skull | Hedgehog | Erinaceinae

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    Hedgehogs are small mammals with cone-shaped faces, short legs and bodies that are covered with porcupine-like quills, but despite their similar appearances, porcupines and hedgehogs are not closely related.

    Unlike porcupines, hedgehog quills are not easily detached from their bodies. Hedgehog quills are made from keratin, much like human nails. A hedgehog can have as many 6,000 quills on its body!

    When in danger, the hedgehog rolls into a ball so that the quills cover the entire area of their exposed body and protects the animal from predators. Once they are in a ball, they must stay still. It is a myth that they can roll while curled into a ball.

    Hedgehogs can be found in Europe, Asia, Africa and New Zealand, according to National Geographic. They can live in a wide range of habitats, including savannas, forests, deserts, scrublands and suburban gardens.

    These skulls measure approx. 6cm x 4cm. Just like in life, each specimen is unique and may vary to the one pictured.



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