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|Blue Eyed Hedgehog in my garden.|
The hedgehog is a squat, rounded creature, with five-toed, well-padded feet. It has a mobile, pointy snout, round eyes and short rounded ears, which are almost hidden in the fur. Body length is about 35 cm (approx. 13.8 in), with males being slightly larger than females. The dorsal and lateral areas, excluding the facial area and legs, are densely covered with spines, which are white at the base and the tip, with bands of black white and brown in between. The spines grow from follicles in the skin, in the same way that hair grows.
The hedgehog is an omnivore and has been known to eat a wide range of invertebrates , but prefers earthworms, slugs and snails. It will also eat frogs, small reptiles, young birds and mice, carrion, bird eggs, acorns and berries.
It prefers open woods and grassy heaths, cultivated land and scrubs. It is mainly a nocturnal animal, but, like the specimen depicted above, it can be seen, on occasion, during the day.
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