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First female?

Home Forums Hedgehog signs and sightings First female?

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    You guys will be better at this than me but I think the hog in the foreground in the video below is female. If so then I now have 3 visiting as I have definitely recorded 2 separate males up to now. I did wonder as the males have kept separate timetables and when they’ve overlapped there has been pushing and shoving but these two seemed calmer though they never got nearer each other than this.

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    Hi Bassman

    Great news you have another returner. It isn’t possible to tell male from female just by looking at them and not enough behaviour on the video to tell. But you can sometimes tell if you see a 5th ‘appendage’ roughly mid-abdomen (sometimes visible on camera, but an easier way to be sure of a male than to be sure of a female), or the appropriate behaviours – i.e. male circling female for a long period of time.

    In the normal course of events it is still a bit early for females to return. But it could have been a female who didn’t have hoglets last year and so hibernated earlier, a non-hibernator or a female releasee from care.

    Keep a look out for a bit more behaviour and hopefully you will solve the mystery.

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