How do hedgehogs protect themselves?

4. The hedgehog protects itself by rolling up into a ball, from which spikes stand out in every direction. The hedgie does this to protect the parts of its body that are not covered with spines. Its face, tail, and feet are tucked out of sight. It looks like a prickly ball. Some males can have up to 500 spines. Most predators will leave it alone.

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