It’s hard to imagine that such a weak animal like a hedgehog can kill a viper. A viper attack is a blind attack and a retreat. But against this attack, the hedgehog opposes an armor of spines. The hedgehog irritates the viper continuously and each attack on the armor of spines further wounds the viper. When the viper is so badly wounded that it cannot longer attack, the hedgehog approaches biting the snake from its neck several times. The final bite crushes the vertebrae.
Hedgehogs’ resistance to snake venom is 35-45 times higher than that of a Guinea pig the same size, but this is influenced by the hedgehog’s size, the venom amount and the age of the snake. A hedgehog can also tolerate doses of arsenic that may kill 25 persons.
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