• Question: Why are hedgehogs spikey? ;p

    Asked by 2happydancingxoxo to Frank, Ian, Isabel, Zena on 18 Mar 2015.
    • Photo: Zena Hadjivasiliou

      Zena Hadjivasiliou answered on 18 Mar 2015:

      The characteristics of most animals are there for a reason. Either because they make them more likely to find food or get water (e.g. the long trunk of an elephant allows it to get water easily), to avoid getting eaten by other animals (e.g. chameleons can change their colours and so animals that like to eat them find it hard to see them), or to attract partners for mating (e.g. birds know how to sing beautiful songs for this purpose). I would say that they spikes on a hedgehog are a protection from predators, it would make it harder for other animals to catch and eat them!