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National Hedgehog Day (February 2)

Check out the weird holiday National Hedgehog Day on February 2. Learn the history of National Hedgehog Day and get ideas on how to celebrate.

One weird holiday on February 2 is National Hedgehog Day. Check out the other weird February holidays!

History of National Hedgehog Day

Not to be confused with Groundhog Day (which first began on February 2, 1887), this weird holiday is actually a Roman holiday where hedgehogs were used to help predict the end of winter. This ancient Roman legend said that if a hedgehog was seen at the beginning of February, it meant warm weather was on its way.

There are fourteen different species of hedgehogs around the world, and they are historically sometimes called urchin and hedgepig. Hedgehogs are omnivores that rely on their sense of smell to find food. They are nocturnal and are covered in spines, and surprisingly, the spines are actually hollow hairs made stiff with keratin.

Hedgehogs hibernate during the winter from November to March, but they wake up several times throughout the months to change nests. This is probably why they are sometimes seen in February. Tragically about 67% of hedgehogs don’t survive their first winter, especially if food has been scarce.

During the summer months, hedgehogs enjoy hiding in gardens and eating the insects that are found around your plants. They also like hiding in stacked wood for bonfires, so be careful to check before lighting them.

Hedgehogs are often used as pets becuase they are low maintenance and hypoallergenic. They are solitary creatures, so they are content with only a small amount of attention each day.

Ideas for National Hedgehog Day

Other than adopting a pet hedgehog, here are some ideas on how you can celebrate.

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