Multilingual flashcard: Hedgehog

Hedgehog in 10 languages to help you learn a new language, or ten new languages, one word at a time!

multilingual flashcards hedgehog

The collective noun for hedgehogs is an array of hedgehogs. There are seventeen different species found in Europe, Asia, Africa and New Zealand (after being introduced there by humans). There are none native to Australia or the Americas.

Hedgehogs are omnivorous, generally feeding on berries, worms, frogs and fruit. They are one of the most commonly-killed animals on roads in Britain, leading some conservation societies to install ‘hedgehog paths’ to help them cross roads safely. They are eaten by badgers and, in areas such as the Scottish islands or New Zealand where they lack a predator populations have in some cases become so large that they are considered a past.

In the UK, hedgehog numbers have fallen precipitously, largely due to the loss of hedgerows where they live, the fall in the number of their insect prey and the number being killed on the roads.

They are usually nocturnal and some people put out dog food for them to eat. They can roll up into a ball to protect themselves with their spines, which are hollow tubes of keratin (like our fingernails). Because of their loose skin, hedgehogs can suffer from balloon syndrome where air gets trapped under the skin, causing the hedgehog to blow up like a balloon.

Last random fact for you; did you know that the Ancient Egyptians used to eat hedgehogs?


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  1. That’s such a cool idea with the flashcards using multiple languages! Can you speak all 10? 🤓

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    1. Glad you like them and thanks for leaving a comment. I speak English, Japanese, Chinese and Italian, am learning Korean and German, then use online dictionaries and friends to help me add the Spanish and Polish! Are you learning any languages at the moment?

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      1. I speak English and German. I took 1 semester of French and 3 semesters of Spanish but can’t speak either and now I started trying to learn a little Japanese just with the app Duolingo because I have fun with it, but it’s definitely a goal of mine to be able to speak more languages as well as I can German!

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  2. Kristina says:

    ..How can one eat an hedgie ??
    I learned a few things, however I had a pet hedgehog so I made researches and stuff – mostly on the african pigmy one, as it’s what was sold in Canada.

    Thoses africans *can* hibernate but however, due to it’s origin in hot weather, they don’t really do properly.. so it’s a MUST to be sure the temperature you keep them in is over 20°C or else they’ll sleep .. that can lead to serious illnesses or death. The europeens ones is considered endengered I think ? and therefore cannot be kept as pets, from what I recall. I don’t have any knowledge of the other types..

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    1. I have heard that it’s illegal to keep them as pets in Italy. Not sure about the UK but haven’t heard of anyone keeping them as a pate. I think the most popular ones as pets are the African pigmy ones you mentioned as they are generally bred for that purpose. How was it having a hedgehog as a pet?

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      1. Kristina says:

        yeah .. probably.

        It was quite nice ! only you needed to be sure of 1) having the room properly heated, 2) enough light in winter days – or else it would also sleep. and 3) have a wheel for it as if it grows fat it’s not good for them ..

        The quills ain’t as bad on the touch as it looks ! only when they get mad & hiss (sounds like a beehives!) is where it would hurt. So you would let them out of the cage for a few hours with you to socialize and such – but unfortunately I got an allergic reaction :/ .. my skin would turn red with white bumps and it would itch SO bad, but also hurt when scratching..

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      2. They sound like fascinating pets! Though the hissing doesn’t sound too nice! Did the hedgehog actually run on the wheel? Also, how long do they live for? Had never even considered keeping them as pets before!

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      3. Kristina says:

        They do ! however it’s in the night time .. and they poop while running .. so you need to clean that. and it’s actually bigger than you’d expect.. Also their quills can fall off, like fur, so you wanna be careful not to step on them. (I did .. it’s is as painful as it sounds xD)

        It can live between 4 & 7 years .. so longer than a mice or a rat,

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      4. Ouch, standing on the quills sounds really painful! Just like standing on lego! Had never considered having a hedgehog as a pet before, though I have always enjoyed watching them shuffling around outside. My sister would love to have one!
        Thank you for sharing all this information, it’s fascinating!

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      5. Kristina says:

        No problem ! xx
        I love sharing the bits of knowledge I do have heheh

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