Do hedgehogs like the dark?

Answered by Randy McIntyre

Hedgehogs do like the dark! They are nocturnal animals, which means they are most active during the night and prefer to rest during the day. In their natural habitat, hedgehogs seek out damp and dark places to create their nests or burrows.

If you have a garden with log piles or composts, these can be ideal hiding spots for hedgehogs. They provide the dampness and darkness that hedgehogs are naturally drawn to. So, if you notice any disturbances in these areas, it could be a sign that a hedgehog has made its home there.

I remember one time when I was cleaning up my garden and I found a small hole near a log pile. Curiosity got the better of me, and I decided to investigate. As I gently moved the logs aside, I was surprised to find a little hedgehog curled up in a cozy nest. It was such a delightful sight!

Hedgehogs are known for their ability to roll into a tight ball, using their spiky quills as a protective shield. This behavior is especially important when they are resting in dark places. The darkness provides them with a sense of safety and security, as it helps to camouflage them from potential predators.

It’s fascinating to think about how hedgehogs have adapted to their environment over time. Their preference for dark and damp areas is not only related to their need for shelter but also plays a role in their survival. These habitats offer protection from extreme weather conditions and help regulate their body temperature.

So, if you have a garden with log piles, composts, or any other suitable hiding places, it’s worth keeping an eye out for signs of hedgehog activity. Their presence can be beneficial for your garden, as they help control pests like slugs and insects.

Hedgehogs do indeed like the dark. They seek out damp and dark places to rest and create their nests. If you have suitable habitats in your garden, you may be lucky enough to have hedgehogs visiting and making themselves at home. Just be sure to provide them with a safe and undisturbed environment to thrive in.