Can Hedgehogs Swim?

A hedgehog’s appearance may not strike it as being very athletic. Whether in the wild or as pets, people assume that hedgehogs eat and sleep – and that’s it!

Well, there is more to a hedgehog than eating and sleeping. You will be surprised to know that hedgehogs can be athletic animals. But can hedgehogs swim?

Apart from scurrying around during the night, hedgehogs can swim and are great swimmers. The tiny mammals can swim in the water and they enjoy this form of exercise.

Since hedgehogs are nocturnal, they can run and swim during the night in search of food.

Although they are good swimmers, a domesticated hedgehog would need a bit of help getting out of the pool. Hedgehogs require assistance in the form of a ledge. A wild hedgehog can get out of rivers and lakes due to the natural terrain in the area.

Can All Hedgehogs Swim?

A hedgehog swimming can seem unusual, especially if you have always envisioned them on the ground. Therefore, swimming is often considered a sport that all hedgehogs do not acquire. However, that is not true. All hedgehogs can swim. That is a fact.

Hedgehogs do not need to learn to swim for survival. These creatures can happily stay on the ground, forage for food, and they will be fine.

Swimming Hedgehog

Do Hedgehogs Like Being in Water?

Hedgehogs know how to swim. But do all hedgehogs like being in the water? Not necessarily.

How much a hedgehog enjoys being in water depends on its personality. Generally, hedgehogs are not particularly fond of staying in the water. However, wild hedgehogs may jump in the lake or river for survival and search for food.

If you have a pet hedgehog, it may get stressed during bath time and soil the water because of it. Again, how much a hedgehog likes water is dependent on its personality. Some hedgehogs enjoy swimming and staying in the water. These creatures may also enjoy bath time and not get so stressed during it.

Can Hedgehogs Drown?

Hedgehogs can fall into lakes and rivers. However, these tiny animals do not fear falling and can jump and easily find themselves in water.

Although hedgehogs have created a reputation for themselves to be great swimmers, they can also drown easily. Hedgehogs may jump into a lake or river without any escape strategy and continue to swim until they get tired.

If hedgehogs do not find a way to escape, they can become too tired and drown. In the wild, rivers and lakes offer natural escape routes in the form of sloping banks.

If your pet hedgehog likes to swim, keep an eye on it when it enters the pool or pond.

If you have a pond, you can create a slope for the hedgehog to climb out when it gets done with swimming.  You should ensure that your swimming pool is covered, so your hedgehog does not jump into it without your supervision. You can also create a ramp at the swimming pool for the hedgehog to escape.

Can Hedgehogs Float in Water?

Hedgehogs enjoy floating on their backs and are tiny boats in the water. Hedgehog quills are filled with air that allows them to curl and float in water.

You should still not leave your pet hedgehog unsupervised in water.

Moreover, please do not force your hedgehog to be in the water unless it is for a bath. A hedgehog may not learn to float immediately and instead take time. It would be best not to force your hedgehog to float on its back unless it is completely comfortable with water. Otherwise, it could be dangerous for them.

Can You Teach a Baby Hedgehog to Swim?

Becoming a new pet parent is exciting, and you would want your hedgehog to be involved in all sorts of activities, including swimming.

If you have recently housed a baby hedgehog and are wondering if you could teach them to swim, the answer is yes! However, you will have to be careful with a baby hedgehog as they are more difficult to handle than adult hedgehogs.

You can introduce your baby hedgehog to water by filling a tub with lukewarm water. Ensure that you do not fill the tub to the brim and keep the water level to the hedgehog’s legs. Leave the baby hedgehog in the tub without touching it and let it walk around and explore.

When you find that the baby hedgehog is not afraid and feels comfortable, you can slowly increase the water level. Once the baby hedgehog is floating, you can increase the water level more, and it will paddle.

If at any point you find that your baby hedgehog is uncomfortable and stressed, you should take it out of the water. You should never force your hedgehog to swim or float in water if it does not wish to do so.

Moreover, never leave a baby hedgehog in water without your supervision.


Hedgehogs do not seem like very athletic animals, and hence, it comes as a shock to some people that they are great swimmers. However, hedgehogs do not need to swim for survival. These tiny creatures can stay on the ground, foraging, and still live a great life.

Hedgehogs swim in the wild in the lakes and rivers, looking for food. Your pet hedgehog can swim in the pool or your garden pond.

Unfortunately, as much as hedgehogs are good swimmers, they can also easily drown. Hedgehogs cannot swim forever, and if they cannot figure out how to get out of the water, they can drown and die.

Ensure that your swimming pool has a slope and your garden pond has an escape route that your hedgehog can use. Apart from swimming, hedgehogs can also float in water. This is because the quills of a hedgehog are filled with air, making them naturally buoyant.

If you have a baby hedgehog, you can teach it how to swim by placing it in a tub full of water and increasing the level if it is comfortable. However, you should never let your baby hedgehog be alone in the water without your supervision.

Moreover, if you feel it is scared or stressed, you should take it out.

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Hey, I'm Brian and I love hedgehogs. They're curious little animals that fascinate me. Over the years, I've become extremely knowledgeable about hedgehogs so have decided to share that knowledge here

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