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In this case there are 15 different species of hedgehog, all belonging to the family Erinaceidae, as stated by National Geographic. While porcupines belong the order of animals known as rodents, hedgehogs are members of the insectivore order, along with shrews and moles.
Which is bigger porcupine or hedgehog?
Porcupine vs. Hedgehog. Hedgehogs are much smaller than porcupines. They can reach 5 to 12 inches in length and 1 to 2.5 pounds of weight, while porcupines can reach 25 to 36 inches in length and 12 to 35 pounds of weight.
Do hedgehogs have quills like porcupines?
Despite their similar appearances, porcupines and hedgehogs are not closely related. Unlike porcupines, hedgehog quills are not easily detached from their bodies, according to Animal Planet. Hedgehog quills are made from keratin, much like human nails.
Do hedgehogs shoot their quills?
No they do not, and neither do porcupines. This is a porcupine. They don't shoot their quills, they swing the quills on their tails at predators. Their tail hits the predator and the quills dislodge and get stuck in the animal's skin.