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The Spiny Hedgehog

  • Jessica H. Lewis

Abstract

The order Insectivora consists of fewer than 400 species of insect-eating mammals: moles, shrews, and hedgehogs. Hedgehogs are large rat-sized animals weighing 0.4–1.1 kg. They live in the temperate climates of Europe and Asia. Their backs and sides are covered with a protective coat consisting of long hairs mixed with sharp striped spines. When the animal is frightened, circular muscles under the coat contract, erecting the spines every-which-way and rolling the animal into a protected ball.

Keywords

Bleeding Time Plasma Clot Fibrinolytic Enzyme Glycogen Particle Protective Coat 
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References

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  1. Larsen, B., 1972, Seasonal variations in serum concentration and half-life of hedgehog IgG2, Comp. Biochem. Physiol. A 42: 115Google Scholar
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jessica H. Lewis
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  1. 1.University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Central Blood BankPittsburghUSA

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