What is a Group of Hedgehogs Called?

Hedgehogs are mammals with pointed noses, tiny ears, and short legs that scurry around. These animals are most notable for their sharp quills.

Many people have started keeping hedgehogs as pets as they do not require a little interaction and are easy to look after. All questions aside, have you ever wondered what a group of hedgehogs together are called?

A group of hedgehogs together is called an array. A group of hedgehogs is not called a prickle. 

By nature, hedgehogs are solitary animals and prefer to be alone. But sometimes, in the wild, you may come across an array consisting of many hedgehogs.

Although it is almost impossible to see an array, these tiny creatures usually meet up for mating. Or, if you visit a breeder or a shelter, you may see some hedgehogs there.

Is a Group of Hedgehogs Called a Prickle?

A misconception, like many, is that a group of hedgehogs is called a prickle. However, that is not true. As mentioned before, a group of hedgehogs is called an array and not a prickle.

Are Other Groups of Animals Called a Prickle?

More often, people dislike the idea of housing a hedgehog because they confuse it with porcupines. It should be noted that porcupines and hedgehogs are different animals. More so, they belong to different families.

The only common characteristic between a hedgehog and a porcupine is their quills.

For their one shared feature, people assume that a group of hedgehogs may be called a prickle. However, on the other hand, a group of porcupines is called a prickle.

Porcupines Prickle

It should make sense that both animals being prickly to touch should be called a prickle. However, since even their quills are built differently, they are not characterized as being in the same group of mammals.

As a result, they have distinguished descriptions that set them apart.

Do Hedgehogs Live in Groups?

Hedgehogs love their own company! These tiny mammals prefer to be alone and do not require a companion. Even in the wild, hedgehogs will forage through the night, hunting without any other hedgehog’s help.

These creatures only come out to mate.

Hedgehogs only come together during two instances: When they are mating, and when a mother gives birth to hoglets, she takes care of them. While mating, the male hedgehog will try to persuade the female hedgehog to mate with them by circling her.

Hedgehogs also do not mate for life and will have multiple partners throughout their lifetime.

When a female hedgehog gives birth, the male does not stick around to bring up the babies. It is recommended to remove the male from the setting after birth.

The hoglets stay with their mother for six weeks until they mature and then wander off alone.

It is, however, still possible for hedgehogs to live together very rarely and briefly. It is found that female hedgehogs are more open to having companions and tolerating them than male hedgehogs.

It is recommended to keep hedgehogs in separate cages as one cage would be too small for both.

Moreover, hedgehogs are territorial and can get aggressive when it comes to food and space. Whether they are in the wild or captivity, hedgehogs prefer to be left alone.

Do Baby Hedgehogs Like Being in Groups?

When a mother hedgehog gives birth, the babies must stay with her for six weeks until they wean off and mature. These babies stick close together during this period to remain warm.

Baby hedgehogs have displayed behaviors that show that they prefer to be together.

Caretakers have observed that baby hedgehogs show protective instincts for their siblings when being in the nest. They show their care by blocking other hedgehogs who were maybe bullying their siblings.

Moreover, these babies have also shown signs of separation anxiety if they ever must be removed from the nest for not eating or other health issues. Other instances show that baby hedgehogs may fight with their siblings over food if there is not enough.

Baby hedgehogs must remain together until six weeks and until they gain the required weight. As babies, hedgehogs need to stick together as it is essential for their growth and development.

Do Hedgehogs Share Nests?

It may seem unlikely for a solitary mammal to share a nest. However, there have been certain instances that record hedgehogs were sharing nests. Hedgehogs build nests, one for giving birth and the other for hibernation.

During the hibernation period, it is likely to find more than one hedgehog in a single nest.

One case of hedgehogs sharing a nest was when two male hedgehogs were found together. In another, two male hedgehogs shared a nest with a female hedgehog and her hoglets.

Apart from sharing nests with other hedgehogs, these mammals may share their space with other animals as well. A hedgehog was found sleeping during the night in a hen’s nest.

Hedgehogs change nests very often. It is unlikely that these creatures share nests, but hedgehogs may stay together in groups, given the findings.

Summary

A group of hedgehogs is called an array. It is often assumed that a group of hedgehogs would be called a prickle, given that they have sharp quills. However, a group of porcupines is called a prickle.

Porcupines and hedgehogs have a similar characteristic: their quills, but they are different species and hence have different words describing them.

It is unlikely to find hedgehogs in groups since they are solitary animals. These mammals prefer to be alone except when they mate or when the mother gives birth. As babies, hedgehogs spend time together until they mature and leave the nest.

Baby hedgehogs can be protective over their siblings, and some have even shown signs of separation anxiety if they are removed from the nest.

It would be best if you housed hedgehogs in separate cages.

Female hedgehogs have shown to be tolerant to other hedgehogs as compared to males. Hedgehogs may often share nests in the wild during hibernation.

There have been instances where two to five hedgehogs have been found sharing a nest.

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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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