Do Hedgehogs Bite?

What happens if a hedgehog bites you?

In general, hedgehog bites are not something you’ll have to worry about very often.

These little critters usually keep their teeth to themselves.

If your pet hedgehog decides to bite it often means they’re trying to tell you there’s something going on that they don’t like.

What happens next is up to you..

Are hedgehogs aggressive?

Most hedgehogs are not aggressive creatures. Some aspects of their behavior get interpreted as aggressive by people who don’t know the context of biting or hissing. … There’s a small chance of hedgehog being a biter, but even then it could be just hormones or territoriality instead of a vicious mind.

Do hedgehogs poke you?

Like porcupines, the skin over hedgehogs’ backs is covered with sharp spines that protect them from predators. … When caught in the mouth of a predator, however, hedgehogs will twitch and jump so that their quills poke into the skin and lips of the aggressor, making things generally unpleasant until they are released.

How do you punish a hedgehog?

Blow a puff of air at your hedgehog after a bite. This is a gentle way to discourage your hedgehog from its behavior. This will not harm the hedgehog and will teach it that biting is not something it should be doing. Try distracting your hedgehog if it is nipping you.

Do all hedgehogs have fleas?

Not all hedgehogs have fleas; many of those rescued have none. However, hedgehogs do not NEED their fleas to survive, that’s an old wives tale. Hedgehog fleas are host specific so while they may jump onto a cat or dog, they won’t infest them.

Do hedgehogs bite hurt?

It is said that a hedgehog bit is much less painful than a hamster or rodent bite, which is good news. Very rarely, if ever, should a hedgehog bit break the skin and cause bleeding. Of course, bites will not be pleasant, but they are not typically very painful at all.