Clementine and Luna, mother and daughter hedgehogs from the Burlington Science Center visited room 101 with Ms. P. today! Ms. P was invited to share her friends as a tie in to the Jan Brett stories we have been reading. We learned that of all the animals that climbed into Nikki's mitten in Brett's story, "The Mitten", the hedgehog is the only animal whose habitat is not in the United States.
Students told Ms. P that hedgies are mammals and are nocturnal. Ms. P told us that in addition to eating fruits and other foods like lizards and mice, hedgies are insectivores............they really like to eat bugs and insects.
Since we are so big, and sort of loud, we scared the hedgies. Clementine and Luna showed us what they do to protect themselves when they are scared. They rolled into a ball, they showed their quills and they made noises. Hedgehogs have quills and they are sharp....quills are one thing that hedgehogs use to protect themselves.