How to Draw a Hedgehog

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Hedgehog in 6 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

The images above represent how your finished drawing is going to look and the steps involved.

Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Hedgehog.

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How to Draw a Hedgehog - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Let's draw a hedgehog! Draw the body by tracing a rectangular shape and make sure the corners are curved.

Step 2: Draw the head next by tracing a line that slopes down from the back, and create a little rounded tip at the front of the head where the muzzle will go.

Step 3: Draw a medium-sized dot in the face for the eye and trace a short curbed line right above the eye for the ear of the hedgehog.

Step 4: Now, draw a circle on the inside of that rounded tip, for the muzzle, and trace three short lines on the outside for the mustache.

Step 5: For the thorns, trace short lines all along the back of the hedgehog, as well as the body. Here's a tip: make sure all the thorns are pointing back in the same direction!

Step 6: Last, draw tiny tube-like legs that are flat at the bottom. You have yourself a hedgehog! Remember those prickly thorns you drew? Hedgehogs use them to ward off predators by curling up into a ball. Did you know that hedgehogs know how to swim and climb trees? When they want to come down from a tree, they curl up into balls and bounce!

Interesting Facts about Hedgehogs

Hedgehogs are mammals that live in the grasslands of Europe, Asia, and Africa. Humans recently brought them to New Zealand. People sometimes find hedgehogs in their gardens plants and insects. Some people even keep them as pets.

Did you know?

  • There are 15 species of hedgehogs.
  • Hedgehogs know how to swim and climb trees.
  • Hedgehogs have prickly spines on their backs. They curl up into a ball and use their spines to ward off predators.
  • Just like the way you lose your baby teeth and grow adult teeth, baby hedgehogs shed their baby spines and grow adult ones.
  • A hedgehog’s diet includes insects, mice, lizards, snails, frogs, and snakes.
  • The life expectancy of hedgehogs is about four to seven years.
  • Hedgehogs can have the same diseases as humans, such as cancer, heart disease, and liver disease. They can become obese if they eat food that is high in fat or sugar.

Sonic the Hedgehog is one of the most successful video games ever made. Although Sonic is blue, real-life hedgehogs are actually brown and white. However, they do curl up into balls and bounce, especially when they come down from trees, much like Sonic does!

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