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European hedgehog

The European hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus), also known as the West European hedgehog or common hedgehog, is a hedgehog species found in Europe, from Iberia and Italy northwards into Scandinavia. It is a generally common and widely distributed species that can survive across a wide range of habitat types. It is a well-known species, and a favorite in European gardens, both for its endearing appearance and its preference for eating a range of garden pests. While populations are currently stable across much of its range, it is thought to be declining severely in Great Britain.

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Even holding a wild hedgehog can prove itself to be an easy task. If you are anywhere in the natural habitat of these cute creatures, go out at night and see them running around. You might just get lucky and be able to catch one, take my word for it! :)

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