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Erinaceus europaeus

Erinaceus europaeus
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Copyright: Giorgos Ntachris (GiorDah) Silver Note Writer [C: 4 W: 0 N: 24] (150)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-15
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 450D, Canon EF 70-300mm IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-06-16 6:57
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Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Erinaceomorpha

Family: Erinaceidae

Subfamily: Erinaceinae

Genus: Erinaceus

Species: E. europaeus
In Greek said: akanthohiros, skantjohiros. In my village in Kato Pedina say aritsios.Although they are nocturnal animals, the specific crossed the street in front of my car at noon.
Hedgehogs are nocturnal animals, and can travel up to 1-2 km per night whilst foraging for food. They have a broad diet, including worms, slugs, caterpillars and many other invertebrates , as well as frogs, berries and the eggs and chicks of ground-nesting birds . Due to a variable resistance to adder venom, hedgehogs can even attack and eat adders . Hedgehogs are good swimmers, can run fairly quickly, and are well known for their habit of rolling into a tight ball when threatened . They hibernate in winter in a nest made of leaves, typically under sheds or log piles. They emerge from hibernation around Easter time, and breeding occurs between April and September. Females give birth to 4-5 young per litter, and are left to raise the young alone . Like other hedgehogs, this species has the peculiar habit of 'self-anointing', in which the hedgehog produces a large amount of foamy saliva and licks the saliva over its spines. The purpose of this behaviour is a mystery , but it can be triggered by strong smells, new foods, and the presence of other hedgehogs .

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-06-16 12:38]
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Hello Giorgos,
A very fine close view of a Hedgehog with great focus on the little eye. Fine details and natural colours. You could reduce highlights in PP if possible as the light was obviously very strong.
TFS and best regards, Ulla

Dear Giorgos,
I enjoy very much the beady eye of your Hedgehog; together with the interesting notes it is a pleasure to view the image.

I have seen these animals only at night therefore, I am pleased to see all the details of this likable animal.

I hope you enjoy TrekNature as much as I do,
Good Luck
Kind regards

Hallo Giorgos
I am sure this Aritsios as you say in Greek is probably happy to have such a lovely photograph done free of charge. Perfect pose, great background, wonderful eye contact and great note too. I also fancy the wet snout and the natural sunlight in the image. Thanks for sharing this animal that we seldom see on the gallery. Best regards.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-06-17 1:48]

Hello Giorgios,
It's so cute..your little Hedgehog! I like the way it looks at us with the little glance in its eye. Good sharpness too.
Thanks and kind regards

Hello Giorgos
beautiful shot with excellent details of this nice subject,
superb lighting and natural colors, fine POV too
The nice yellow flowers in the foreground are a great bonus
have a good night

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