What do hedgehogs eat

What do hedgehogs eat

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Hedgehogs are widely recognised as a potent ally in the garden, but what do they actually eat? What makes up a wild hedgehog’s diet?

Hedgehogs mainly eat creepy crawlies

Hedgehogs are generalists and feed on a wide range of things. The majority of their diet is made up of invertebrates (or creepy crawlies). We know what they eat from scientific studies that have analysed hedgehog poo or looked in the stomachs of hedgehogs killed on roads.

The most important invertebrates in their diet are worms, beetles, slugs, caterpillars, earwigs and millipedes.

Source: Wroot A. J. (1984) Feeding ecology of the European hedgehogThe big six invertebrates for hedgehogs

As well as these, they also eat a wide range of other insects. More infrequently, they will take advantage of carrion, frogs, baby rodents, baby birds, birds’ eggs and fallen fruit.

‘Hog eating a frog by Barbara Witowska

When you are putting out food for hedgehogs, you can replicate the hedgehog’s natural diet by  providing any combination of meat-based dog and cat food, hedgehog food or cat biscuits.

 What can I feed hedgehogs?

 

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