Long-eared hedgehog. By Kefca Shutterstock. They can roll into some kind of ball to protect themselves from predators. These animals are nocturnal and they can cover up to 9 km in just one night looking for food. They can stay alive up to 10 weeks without eating or drinking.
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Long-eared hedgehog. By Kefca Shutterstock. They can roll into some kind of ball to protect themselves from predators. These animals are nocturnal and they can cover up to 9 km in just one night looking for food. They can stay alive up to 10 weeks without eating or drinking. These hedgehogs spend the day in dens dug out by themselves or previously made by other animals.
Only one hedgehog lives in each den, which is usually hidden under shrubs. During the breeding season they make some extra space for the offspring.
Long-eared hedgehogs mate once a year, between July and September. The litter size is between one and four babies. These animals can hibernate during the coldest months, up to a maximum of 3. It is also known that some of these animals can also go through some kind of hibernation during the hottest months, when food becomes scarce aestivation.
They are born completely unprotected and without quills on the back, as they are soft and still embedded. Oddly enough, these quills grow at incredible speed and 5 hours after the birth, their size is four times larger. After 2 weeks, their body is completely covered with spines. This species is smaller in size than the common hedgehog, but can run much faster. In order to be able to mate, the male stands vertically on his hind legs while the female lies on the floor with her legs spread out.
These animals follow mainly their sense of hearing and smell, as their eyesight is quite poor. A hedgehog has an average of 5, spines on its back.
Mating Long-eared hedgehogs Hemiechinus auritus during spring in desert of southern Kazakhstan. By edmon Shutterstock.
Long-eared desert hedgehogs are curious animals and are easily tamed and kept in captivity. Glossary Palearctic living in the northern part of the Old World. In otherwords, Europe and Asia and northern Africa. Animals with bilateral symmetry have dorsal and ventral sides, as well as anterior and posterior ends. Synapomorphy of the Bilateria. Vegetation is dominated by stands of dense, spiny shrubs with tough hard or waxy evergreen leaves.
Unlike other species the pterygoids of the skull do not inflate and they do not relay information to the tympanic membrane. Long-eared hedgehogs have great senses of hearing and smell that they use to hunt out food and detect predators. They can withdraw into this pouch and erect their spines out to fend off predators if need be. They do not have dark and light areas on their faces. Also they do not have a gap of spines on the back of their necks that is common to other species of hedgehogs. The tops and heels of their feet are covered with hair but the soles are bare.