SOME OBSERVATIONS ON THE BREEDING SEASON OF THE HEDGEHOG AND THE REARING AND HANDLING OF THE YOUNG

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The breeding season of the hedgehog extends into late August and early September and lactation may continue very late into the year. The incidence of loss of embryos after implantation is low and is estimated at 3-3 per cent in the small sample recorded. The minimal duration of pregnancy in this species is thirty-one to thirty-two days, with a probable maximum duration of thirty-nine days. Observations on the rearing of the young and on the handling of the young for experimental purposes are reported.

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