Original Small Hedgehog Walking
Wildlife Clear Crystal Sculpture
Hedgehogs are easily recognized by their spines, which are hollow hairs made stiff with keratin. Their spines are not poisonous or barbed. Unlike the quills of a porcupine, do not easily detach from their bodies. However, the immature animal’s spines normally fall out as they are replaced with adult spines. This is called “quilling”. Spines can also shed when the animal is diseased or under extreme stress. Hedgehogs are usually brown, with pale tips to the spines. Blonde hedgehogs are found on the Channel Island of Alderney. A hedgehog that feels threatened can roll into a tight ball. All species of hedgehogs can roll into a tight ball in self-defense, causing all of the spines to point outwards. The hedgehog’s back contains two large muscles that control the position of the quills. When the creature is rolled into a ball, the quills on the back protect the tucked face, feet, and belly, which are not quilled. Hedgehogs are primarily nocturnal, though some species can also be active during the day. Hedgehogs sleep for a large portion of the day. All wild hedgehogs can hibernate, though not all do, depending on temperature, species, and abundance of food.
Art No 33366
Cast crystal sculpture with engraved and sandblasted motif.
This sculpture of Small Hedgehog Walking is handmade in Sweden and signed on the bottom.
Design Mats Jonasson