Do hedgehogs eat toads?
More than once, when you see a toad, you have asked yourself whether hedgehogs also eat toads. This question can be answered quickly, because hedgehogs have a very wide food spectrum. This includes frogs and toads in any case.
Toads belong to the food spectrum of hedgehogs
Besides insects and spiders eat hedgehog also very fond of a frog or a toad. Furthermore, hedgehogs like to eat eggs, snakes, lizards, mushrooms and the larvae of the night butterfly. Now and then it happens that the hedgehog eats a small bird. However, this only happens when the small birds have fallen out of the nest and are lying helplessly on the ground.
What about feeding the hedgehog?
It can't be mentioned enough, but you are not doing the hedgehog any good by feeding it. The hedgehog is still a wild animal that does not depend on contact with humans. Surely it is a nice experience for you or your children if you can observe one in your garden. However, it is misunderstood ornamental love, if you start to feed the mammal.
Feed weakened hedgehogs
The situation is different with a sick or weakened hedgehog that you find in your garden. Such an animal should have food permanently at its free disposal. The same applies to water, of course. However, you must make sure that no other animals can get at the food for the sick or weak hedgehog.
What does a hedgehog get to drink?
As a rule, hedgehogs quench their thirst at puddles, streams or even a piece of fruit. If possible, there should be some of this in your garden. If this is not the case, then you can provide a shallow bowl of water for the hedgehog. However, never give him milk, because his digestive system is not designed for that. The hedgehog would get diarrhea, which would weaken him so much that he could die from it.
Garden animal - A life with nature
Welcome to my animal blog! My name is Dirk and I am happy to take you on my journey through the fascinating world of animals and gardening.
Born 54 years ago, I have had an insatiable curiosity for the animal world around me since childhood. Although I have moved professionally in other industries, my true passion has always been animals and nature. It is remarkable how a small garden has become such an important part of my life.
Many of my fondest memories are associated with the animals that share our home. Whether it's the curious squirrels that scurry across the trees in the morning, the colorful variety of birds that visit our feeders, or the busy bees and butterflies that pollinate our flowers, every moment with them is invaluable to me.
This blog is my contribution to share my experiences, discoveries and insights with like-minded people. Here I will share stories of unforgettable encounters with animals, give tips on gardening and creating wildlife-friendly habitats, and take you on my journeys through nature.
Thank you so much for being here!
Dirk aka garden animal