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What is an animal that looks like a hedgehog and resides in the USA?
Driving back from Minnesota this past week, I saw 6 of these animals (or looked to me like one) that had been killed on the roadway. They looked exactly like a hedgehog, short quills, sharp pointed nose, and sharp claws (definitely not a porcupine) and mostly grey in color. They varied in size, a couple chipmunk size, and some that were about the size of a grown squirrel (minus the tail). The reason for my question is that I realize that Hedgehogs do not normally range in the Americas, . . . Perhaps a pet that got loose, but six of them in different locations doesn't make sense. So I am stumped as to what critter this might have been.
What state did you see these animals in? Did you get out to look at them more closely?
All were road kill, assuming they were killed by a passing vehicle. Now that you mention it, I do not recall seeing them badly damaged. Some slight blood seen, but all the bodies were in tact. All of them were seen in the daylight. In the early hours of the morning.
Going through all the animals that I'm familiar with, from what you're describing - the american porcupine is the closet thing that I can picture. They can vary in size and quill color. I'm curious that the ones you were seeing were very young ones. They can have lighter quills and fit that size that you're describing. Also, the young are the most non-highway wise and typically are the ones that get hit. The frustrating thing is that their home range isn't typically considered to be in South Dakota. It would be very helpful if you had a picture of one of them. If you see any more, can you take a picture and post it for me to see?
Thank you very much!! It makes sense to me that they were young porcupines. I appreciate your time and efforts!! And I will take you advise and photograph them in the future.
I hate to say this.... But I hope you don't get any pictures of ones by the road that have been hit. Hopefully they'll stay away from that scenario. I'd like you to see them in the wild along a creek or timber line or something else. :)