Prickly and Cute - The Difference Between a Baby Hedgehog, Baby Porcupine, and Baby Echidna

If Google Image Search is any indication, there seems to be some confusion about what's a baby hedgehog and what's a baby porcupine. I felt the need to do some research and get to the bottom of this. Here's what I learned.

baby hedgehog

Pictured above is a baby hedgehog. You'll be happy to know that their spines are not barbed and do not come off in self-defense like porcupines. (Photo via Flickr user riussi)

baby porcupine

Pictured above is a baby porcupine. They're kinda fugly. And then there's the whole part where barbed spines rub off on you if you make contact. Did you also know that adult porcupines are the third largest rodent? (Photo via

baby echidna

And while we're at it, pictured above a baby echidna which is also known as a "spiny anteater." Echidnas are one of only two egg-laying mammals in existence. The duck billed platypus is the other. (Photo via

Now, aren't you glad to have this all cleared up? I know I am!



Oh no....they are not fugly....shame on you! lol

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I've had this dispute with so many people. Most recently a Doctor. Of course I'm never in a position to show them the proof at the time. From now on I can just refer them to this site. So again, thank you.

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