We’ve posted hedgehog pictures before but today we’re going to focus on a particular type of hedgehog. Long Eared hedgehog are different to their close hedgehog cousins due to their huge ears, the length of which varies from 3 to 5 centimeters. This size of the ear is an adaptation to the hot climate area, which is inhabited by these animals. Long-Eared hedgehogs are found in deserts, semi-deserts and steppes.
Their range includes South-East Europe, Central Asia, Middle, South, West Asia and North Africa. In Russia, they are found on the lower reaches of the Don River to the Volga region of steppes and in the Republic of Tuva.
The long-eared hedgehogs are more nimble their Western counterparts. In the event of danger, they rarely curl up into a ball, but often try to escape, jumping and hissing at the same time, or even attacking the predator that approaches, trying to stab him with a relatively short needles (17-19 mm).
Like all hedgehogs, long-eared hedgehogs are nocturnal so their Peak activity is when it’s dark: at night these little travelers can cover 7-9 km searching for food. In the daytime they take refuge in a hole that it digs itself, or settles inside the empty burrows of foxes, gerbils and other animals.
Long-eared hedgehogs diet depends on the time of year, but mostly it consists of insects, especially they like to eat beetles, ants, spiders, grasshoppers, bugs, centipedes and their favorite, worms. For captive hedgehogs, there is commercial hedgehog food, but it is not always available at pet stores. A meat or chicken dry cat food that is high in protein is a decent alternative.
Over the past few years the popularity of the hedgehogs as pets has increased significantly. these lovely little animals need a spacious cage or box (not less than 70 cm in length), with a base of sand or sawdust. Its also desirable to make more shelters (tunnels, caves), add stones, branches, and a wheel for jogging
So there we go. Safe to say Long-eared hedgehogs completely rock! Love these little guys as much as we do. Take a second to share this post with your friends using one of the sharing buttons below :)