The hedgehog (Kéisecker)
The hedgehog is a small mammal whose back is covered with long, hard, and sharp quills and whose stomach is covered with soft fur. It measures on average 25 cm in length and its colour varies from light brown to black. When it feels threatened, the hedgehog immediately rolls into a ball and its long quills spread out in every direction, providing an effective defensive position for the animal.
Hedgehogs are found in the daytime in hedges and woods; during the night they leave to go hunting. They eat insects, worms, frogs, mice, and eggs, and are even known to go after snakes. European hedgehogs hibernate, but they may wake up and leave their nest to go hunting. In summer, the hedgehog gives birth to one or two litters of four to eight babies.