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Hedgehog | by losy
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..........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 hedgehog. 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 spines.


When I visited Switzerland .... one of this little creature came up to the porch ... it was looking for cat food.... Since it was a young female....the spines were not to stiff and we could lift it up and take it inside for some pics....

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Taken on April 12, 2011