Hedgehogs are a gardener’s friend, as they eat snails, slugs and insects and they seek their food mostly at night. Hedgehogs usually hibernate between November to April and animals must have enough fat reserves to survive hibernation. Mating takes place in spring and 2-10 pups are born after a gestation period of 5-6 weeks. The female takes care of the young herself. They thrive in a variety of man-made habitats including orchards, farmland, parks and gardens, including those in urban areas.
The hedgehog’s tags distinguish it from all other Swedish mammals. The tags are a great defense, especially when the hedgehog curls up into a ball with all the tags standing on end. There are no major threats to this species in most of its range. In some areas, many hedgehogs are killed by collision with cars injured by robotic mowers in gardens.