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Volunteers Being Asked For Help With Hedgehog Research
2012-01-18 13:14:22

Wildlife charities in Britain are asking for the public's help in determining if hedgehogs are being affected by climate change. Dr. Pat Morris performed a study 40 years ago that showed how temperature affects the animal's hibernation patterns. The retired hedgehog expert is joining with the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and People's Trust for Endangered Species to see if warming since then has changed the time when the animals emerge from hibernation. Estimates say the...

2009-01-06 15:37:02

A sixth-grader at a Lawrence, Kansas, school has successfully lobbied for a change in a municipal law that barred him from keeping a hedgehog as a pet. Judson King, 11, said that he began his lobbying campaign a year ago with a letter to the city commission, the Lawrence Journal-World reported Tuesday. In December, after written and oral presentations, the commissioners, convinced that hedgehogs pose no threat to the Kansas beef cattle industry, changed the law. Hedgehogs, which look...


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European Hedgehog, Erinaceus europaeus
2012-10-03 16:40:07

The European hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus), also known as the common hedgehog, can be found in western and northern Europe. Its range extends from the Iberian Peninsula and the British Isles to the central and western areas of Europe. Its southern range includes Fennoscandia and its northern range stretches from the Baltic to north-west Russia. This species has been introduced onto many European islands and possibly New Zealand. It prefers a habitat within meadows, grasslands, and woodland...

Southern African Hedgehog, Atelerix frontalis
2012-10-01 10:25:35

The southern African hedgehog (Atelerix frontalis) can be found in many areas of Africa including Angola, Lesotho, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. It prefers a habitat in areas that are slightly damp, with abundant vegetation, although it can live in many different habitats. It is nocturnal, spending most of the day resting under leaves and other debris, holes, or bushes. These areas are not permanent, but breeding nests and some winter nests are used semi-permanently. The southern African...

Northern White-breasted Hedgehog, Erinaceus roumanicus
2012-10-01 09:43:22

The northern white-breasted hedgehog (Erinaceus roumanicus) can be found from Poland, the former Yugoslavia, and Austria to the Adriatic Islands and Greece in the south. Its eastern range includes Russia, Ukraine, and Siberia, with the range stopping at the Ob River in this area. The northern white-breasted hedgehog was previously thought to be subspecies of E. europaeus and E. concolor, but this was disproved in the 1990’s. The genetic studies that gave this species its distinct species...

North African Hedgehog, Atelerix algirus
2012-06-20 15:55:23

The North African hedgehog (Atelerix algirus), also known as the Algerian hedgehog, can be found in many areas including Algeria, Libya, France, Spain, and Tunisia. Little is known about this hedgehog’s preferred habitats, but it has often been found in mixed and conifer forests as well as mountainous areas in northern Africa in Spain. It is not able to survive in arid regions of Libya and Morocco. In France, the Balearics, and the Canary Islands, it is often seen in parks and gardens....

Desert Hedgehog, Paraechinus aethiopicus
2012-05-24 13:31:24

The desert hedgehog (Paraechinus aethiopicus) can be found in many areas including Algeria, Chad, the Sahara Desert, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Somalia, Sudan, and many other areas. It is though that this hedgehog can also be found in Ethiopia. It has an average body length of up to eleven inches and can weigh between ten to eighteen ounces, making it one of the smallest hedgehogs. The coloring of the spines is similar to that of the four-toed hedgehog...

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  • A spider.
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'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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