Hedgehogs, cute spiky adorable little critters but let me say this now. Baby hedgehogs or “hoglets” are very different little beast altogether.
When they are first born, baby hedgehogs are only one inch in size, blind, naked and completely dependent on their mom.
To stop the birth being, lets just say, an uncomfortable one for the momma hedgie, the baby hedgehogs are born covered by a fluid saturated membrane which covers their spines. As this membrane dries and shrinks (a process which takes 6 to 12 hours), the spines will begin to pop through the baby hedgehogs soft pink skin.
Baby hedgehogs first spines are very soft and hair-like. The first proper set of hard spines do not grow through for another two weeks.
While nursing her new babies the baby hedgehogs will line up along their mothers belly just like baby kittens or puppies.
Now that’s the education over and done with, lets get onto these adorable pictures.
Newborn Hedgehog Pictures
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