Hedgehog, Wildlife

Hedgehogs eat peanuts

For over two weeks now we have seen a hedgehog visit my garden. Last night I tried to photograph our visitor with my camera on a tripod all set to just quietly open the door and snap. I positioned the feeding bowl just outside my feeding box with peanuts (plus a few sultanas) on one side and water in the other.

A photograph would have appeared here if I had one but, alas, the hedgehog ran off quickly. It was interested in the food though, especially the peanuts, so I expected it would come back. As it was a dry night I put plan B into action – the video camera outside on the tripod. We spotted three visits between 10-11pm. The video below was the third and the longest visit we saw lasting eight minutes. I have edited the film but it ate the peanuts for a solid six minutes and was seen drinking for two! If you look closely you will be able to see its tongue as it begins to drink.

Dish outside feeding station, video 0:49 with background music, try 480p quality.

Sultanas have been the food that I have given our hedgehog until two nights ago when I tried peanuts. I have to report that the peanuts are the favourite now! I hadn’t realised that the hedgehog would drink so much either – thanks go to Jan for passing on this information. Jan also very kindly invited me to view a webcam of her hedgehog visitors. This has been very interesting to see as she has more than one visiting. The internet really can be a great way of sharing information. To see our full hedgehog story and see other videos look here.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Since this blog was uploaded more information and articles have become available. Please avoid feeding bird food to wild hedgehogs. Although they will enjoy it (especially dried mealworms) these foods can cause Metabolic Bone Disease in hedgehogs. Sultanas are bad for their teeth too. Please follow the following link to the August 2020 update on feeding wild hedgehogs after reading this post.

The video above was taken in my garden.

10 thoughts on “Hedgehogs eat peanuts

  1. Aww he’s gorgeous. He has quite a little ruff round his face, I would call him Lenny, but then what do I know, it’s probably a girl!

  2. Yes, Jan I did notice the good sized ruff around its face. I never thought of a name. It does run away quite quickly so it may be a female – you said they were more timid didn’t you?

  3. Thanks, OC it was great to watch live too. I couldn’t resist highlighting the tongue before it drank πŸ™‚

  4. Hey, you didn’t give that hedgehog salted peanuts, did you? πŸ˜€ Just pulling your leg! Nice vid!

  5. Hi again, Yolanda

    Lol πŸ™‚ Its a good job the birds didn’t see the hedgehog getting their peanuts or I would have a riot in the garden!

    Thanks, it was a lucky capture on video to see the hedgehog both eating and drinking πŸ™‚

  6. Hi again, Cyndi

    Thanks – I have great fun choosing the music for vidoes so it times in with certain parts of the film πŸ™‚

    However, in this case my daughter was disappointed as you could hear the water trickle from my pond in the background of my film and it went well with the hedgehog drinking water.

    I believe they can be noisy eaters too so next time I might try the camera closer on the ground so we can hear it eat and drink! Just a thought πŸ™‚

  7. aww so sweet i have a hedgehog in my garden but we arn’t really sure what to feed it! πŸ™‚
    we will probs go to the shop to get lots of peanuts!

  8. Hi there Jackie πŸ™‚

    Fantastic to hear of hedgehog visits in other gardens! Enjoy seeing yours and remember to put out water too. Have a good week πŸ˜€

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