The hedgehog was named because of its peculiar foraging methods. These animals root through hedges and other undergrowth in search of the small creatures that compose the bulk of their diet—insects, worms, centipedes, snails, mice, frogs, and snakes.
Most hedgehogs don't bite or don't bite often and the more you socialize your hedgie, generally the less it will bite. Basically there are 2 types of bites: The “you smell tasty” bite: This is usually, but not always, preceded by a few licks.Mar 23, 2004
The hedgehog, itself, has no bodily odor. Hedgehogs simply smell of nothing. As long as they are clean of fecal matter on their feet, hedgehogs are pretty low on the totem pole of smelly pets. I find that I can go a week without having to clean out Maleficent's hedgehog cage.Jul 29, 2014
Major microbial infections associated with hedgehogs include bacteria such as Salmonella and Mycobacteria, as well as some fungal and viral diseases (2). ... We distinguished major established zoonotic infections, such as salmonellosis or ringworm, from other less common or potential zoonoses carried by hedgehogs.Jan 1, 2011
Bathing. Many hedgehogs love to play in warm water and will enjoy themselves during bath time. ... Hedgehogs that like to swim may enjoy the bathtub and a kitchen sink can be disinfected after use if other options are not available. Even though hedgehogs are good swimmers one should never leave a hedgehog unattended.