How much does a hedgehog weigh?
It is not uncommon for you to encounter a hedgehog in nature. You think about helping it and wonder how much a hedgehog weighs to be considered healthy. Especially in late spring or early summer the mammals are usually healthy and strong. From the end of August or September you will often come across small hedgehogs that look weak and may need assistance. Whether this is necessary, you can find out here.
What does the healthy hedgehog weigh?
An adult and healthy hedgehog with sufficient fat reserves usually weighs between 900 and 1500g. If the hedgehog is not yet in hibernation, he has probably been found in his hiding place. He is now starting to look for a new place. Here he can sleep away the day.
The weight of the hedgehog, what does it say?
At first sight you cannot tell how much the hedgehog weighs and whether it is healthy. With the following table you will get valuable information about the weight of the hedgehog.
|10 - 25 g||0 days||Birth weight, white spines, pink skin|
|30 - 50 g||approx. 1 week||single dark spines|
|60 - 80 g||approx. 2 weeks||Eyes and ears open; first fur fluff|
|100 - 130 g||approx. 3 weeks||Teeth poke through|
|140 - 180 g||approx. 4 weeks||first free walks and first solid food|
|250 - 350 g||approx. 6 weeks||independent loners|
|600 - 700 g||young hedgehogs||Hibernation weight for young hedgehogs|
|800 - 1500 g||Adult||Normal weight for adult hedgehogs|
|900 - 1500 g||Adult||Hibernation weight for adult hedgehogs|
|up to 90 g||the hedgehog should gain 4 - 6 g per day|
|from 90 g||the hedgehog should gain 9 - 11 g per day|
|from 250 g||put in the outdoor enclosure in good weather|
|400 g||Put fosterlings in outdoor enclosure in cold weather without frost|
|500 g||Target weight in November; lighter hedgehogs need on care|
|750 g||max. 1 year||Target maximum weight for young hedgehogs in care|
How heavy should the hedgehog be in October?
You can be reasonably sure that a young hedgehog will survive hibernation if it is
- Mid-October at least 400 g
- in the last third of October at least 500 g
- November at least 600 g
How much should the hedgehog gain weight?
You need to check the weight of the hedgehog daily. For young or emaciated hedgehogs, the weight gain should be between 10 and 15 grams daily. An adult and well-fed hedgehog should not gain any more weight.
Garden animal - A life with nature
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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.
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