Hedgehogs are cute, spiky little creatures that have become increasingly popular as pets in recent years. But for all their cuteness, hedgehogs can be quite feisty, and one of their hallmark behaviors is biting.
So why do hedgehogs bite?
Read on to find out!
Why Do Hedgehogs Bite?
There are a few different reasons why hedgehogs might bite. The first is simply because they’re scared. Hedgehogs are wild animals, after all, and in the wild, they’re constantly on the lookout for predators. When a hedgehog feels threatened, its first instinct is often to curl up into a tight ball but if that doesn’t work, it will resort to biting as a way to defend itself.
Hedgehogs can also bite when they’re feeling sick or in pain. If a hedgehog is ill or injured, it may become aggressive and start biting anything that comes near it—including its owner! If you suspect that your hedgehog might be sick or hurt, the best thing to do is to take it to the veterinarian for a check-up.
Finally, hedgehogs may bite simply because they’re grumpy. Like humans, hedgehogs have bad days too! If your hedgehog seems unusually cranky or if it’s snapping at you more than usual, try giving it some space and letting it calm down on its own. Chances are, it will return to its normal self in no time.
Hedgehogs are interesting creatures with unique behaviors and one of those behaviors is biting. While it might seem alarming at first, understanding why hedgehogs bite can help you better deal with this behavior if it ever happens to you (or your pet hedgehog). So next time your hedgie takes a chomp out of you, remember that there’s probably a perfectly good reason for it—even if that reason is just that hedgies are grumpy sometimes too!