3 links celebrating garden-dwelling hedgehogs #The Great Offbeat Outdoors#animals#gardening May 7 | Cat Rocketship Photo by Justin and Elise. Used under Creative Commons license. I am endlessly jealous of those of you who live in the magical land where hedgehogs are native and common in gardens. All I have is possums! Photo by paparutzi. Used under Creative Commons license. Look at this shit. This is the beast that snuffles past my door at night to rummage through my compost leavings. My particular possum is HUGE and waddling — at least 25 pounds of wiry gray hair and teeth and little beady eyes. Fuck possums, guys. Let's celebrate the cuter, sweeter, only-mildly-prickly and never-hiss-filled hedgehogs. I dug up some hedgehog love to noodle on. Ready! Set! Go! 1. So if you have hedgehogs in your garden, what do they do all night? If you've got an infrared camera, you can track them! 2. How do you create an outdoor space a hedgehog will want to move into? Gardening with Children has a full list on hedgehog boons, dangers, and ways to up your chances of getting a prickly new neighbor. 3. Finally, are you one of the lucky ones living in native hedgehog habitat, but you find yourself hedgehogless? Do you have an enclosed garden that is woefully under-hedgehogged? Did you know that a UK hedgehog rescue is looking for safe spaces to which they can rehome little spiky dudes? TRUTH! There might be a little three-legged hedgehog waiting to come live under your care. Photo courtesy British Hedgehog Preservation Society. Join our community! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Cat Rocketship I was the Managing Editor of Offbeat Home for a year and a half. I have a rich Internet life and also a pretty good real life. Hobbies include D&D, Twitter, and working on making our household more self-reliant. I also draw things. PREVIOUS Create a bed alcove with vertical blinds NEXT How do you handle having two or more kids? Show/Hide comments [ 30 ] adorable!! We don't have hedgehogs either, but they're so CUTE! We do have ground squirrels and hummingbirds and goldfinches and deer and foxes, so I feel pretty blessed in the pretty wildlife department, but hedgehogs! The cuteness! Reply Hedgehogs come second only to cats in the cuteness overload department! Reply We have wombats, roos, sugar gliders, possums, lyrebirds, kookaburras, frogs…well a whole bunch of critters at the bush house. When I was a kid I remember seeing echidnas a couple of times. They're sort of like a hedgehog only much pricklier. I haven't seen any out there in a while though. In the yard in Massachusetts I've heard coyotes and see chipmunks and squirrels all of which still holds its novelty value. I'm really hoping I might discover a hedgehog. That would be all kinds of awesome! 3 agree Reply Thanks for this post – I owned a pet hedgehog for years and stuck with my strange pet even when I developed a severe allergy to him. Now that he's died, I know I can't have another, but I daydream about living in a place where wild hedgies visit and snuffle about in my garden. If anyone is thinking about adopting one for a pet OR having a rescued wild hedgie live in their garden, you should GO FOR IT! 1 agrees Reply I have a pet hedgehog. Her name is Nestle, and she is adorable. She is an African Pygmy White-Bellied Hedgehog, which means that she looks like the one in the header, not the European hedgehogs in the last picture. I love her very much, but I am afraid she does a lot of snuffling and hissing too. She's my sweety prickle-face. Depending on where you live, you could have a pet hedgehog too. Hedgehogcentral.com has loads of info about acquiring and caring for hedgehogs. This link is a list of breeders in the US by state. http://www.hedgehogcentral.com/breederusa.shtml By the way, if you would be interested in running an article on hedgehogs, I could totally do one for you. 2 agree Reply This is AWESOME!! Thanks Lillie! 1 agrees Reply OHMAHGAH HEDGEHOGS. /explodes from overload of cute (I would love to have a pet hedgeyhog but I am not sure you can get them in Australia and I have enough pets already…but…HEDGEHOGS) 2 agree Reply But…. but I LIKE opossums!!! Despite the crazy face the one in the picture has, I think they're cute 🙂 1 agrees Reply I like them too! I find both Hedgehogs and opossums to be cute, and opossums are particularly cute when they are using their tails to hang onto something. Reply *shiver* 3 agree Reply Yep, my ideas of what constitutes cute can sometimes be considered odd. Sorry that the possum is bothering you, Cat. Reply I'm with Cat. Possums are a noxious pest here in NZ. Kill on sight and all that. Horrible, heavy-footed, roof-banging, hissing things. Blargh! There's one up there now. 🙁 Reply Totally! There's a opossum mama who hangs from her tail in the same tree in my yard pretty reliably (and adorably!) The only animals I don't really want in my yard are racoons, and only because they're so entitled about eating my cat's food. Meanies. Reply Me tooooo :3 I have a possum tattoo! 1 agrees Reply My Dad grew up in Frankfurt, Germany and talks about having hedgehogs in his basement. Apparently they'd find ways in to wam up when it got cold. He collects toy hedgehogs now. Reply Someday, I will have a pet hedgehog. -dreams- Am I the only person on earth who thinks that possums are cute? I catch them in my headlights at my parents' house all the time, and I love watching them waddle up the holler in front of my car. XD Reply You are not alone. I place them in the "so ugly they're cute" category. Then again, I GEEK OUT over bats, which some people find abhorrent, so maybe I'm not the best judge either! Reply OH MY GOD I LOVE BATS. This place I worked at a couple summers ago had this wooden deck in front, and somebody spilled a little Coke out there. So this wee bitty bat was out there for an afternoon, licking up some pop. And all the women were like EEEK and I was like I AM SO IN LOVE IN THIS MOMENT. Reply Ohhhhhhh. I think I should do a bat house round upppp… (also love bats!!) Reply My FH and I plan on getting a hedgie as a pet once we have a place of our own. We don't live in natural hedgie territory, otherwise I would plan on rescuing a wild one and keep it in my yard. 🙁 I'll keep searching the Internet for pet hedgies that need a new home in my area so it'll do just as much good. 🙂 Reply My mother regularly finds baby hedgehogs (which the British Hedgehog Preservation Society refer to as HOGLETS! OH JESUS THAT'S CUTE) who somehow don't get fat enough to hibernate and just wonder around/pass out from being cold and confused. We take them to an animal hospital who have a hedgehog incubating room for the winter. It made my month when I discovered that room. When they're healthy enough to live outside alone again we go and pick them up. Reply omigod i want to go to that rooooom Reply According to Wikipedia, there are no living native species of hedgehogs in the Americas. *sigh* Unless I move abroad, I will never have a hedgehog in my garden. Possibly a porcupine, or woodchuck? hmmm… Reply Woodchucks are pretty cute, particularly the baby ones. One university I studied at had quite a supply of woodchucks and young ones were a regular sight in the spring. Reply Oh yes, cute, but don't try to make friends with a baby woodchuck. Mama woodchucks are MEAN! Reply I would never wish a porcupine upon anyone. Unless it was Teddy. http://youtu.be/UGz8jcbJjRw?t=25s 1 agrees Reply i looove opossums!!! they actually make super ossim spoiled pets Reply I live in hedgehog country and possum country (NZ) and find both adorable, even though possums here are classified as pests and people hunt them! Growing up, we would find many a hedgehog in our backyard, including sick ones (ones wandering lethargicly around in the light) and we would adopt them/feed them with wet cat food and liquids until they got better 🙂 they were all kinds of magical! I live in an apartment now and only see smushed ones on the road 🙁 1 agrees Reply I don't want to drive you mad with jealousy, but when I was a little girl we lived in Austria and I remember going out to the garden once and encountering a mommy hedgehog marching her three baby hedgehogs across the lawn. It is still one of the cutest things I've ever witnessed. Reply In defense of the opossums, we raised one and she was surprisingly soft and fluffy under that gray fur. She did hiss a lot, but thats only because they can't see, they are mostly blind. She was not graceful, but she was fun. They eat spiders, which in my world makes them a God-send. And, she really loved Arbys…. Hedgehogs are really really stinking cute too…. Dont hate on your opossums, they are eating some other (creepier) pests for you! Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Participate in this conversation via emailGet only replies to your comment, the best of the rest, as well as a daily recap of all comments on this post. No more than a few emails daily, which you can reply to/unsubscribe from directly from your inbox. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. 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