Very true you are thinking porcupines and even they cant "Shoot" their spikes they drop off on contact - a hedgehogs quills don't come out as they are actually the hedgehogs "hair" (made of the same stuff as human hair just ticker).Hedgehogs cant shoot their spikes.
I don't believe there is any animal that can shoot its spikes at will (open to being corrected) :-S
I've heard of some hedgehogs biting, our fella NEVER bites just gets really huffy if you catch him off-guard and will start panting and wheezing like mad, if you try to pick him up in a huff he'll make an effort to kinda suddenly shift and jolt towards you with spikes upright to get you away (and the spikes can break skin occasionally), if you are firm with him though he'll just accept it and calm down in a few seconds.But if you handle em too rough, I am sure it will bite.
He will bite though if you have a new scent on your hands e.g. Food that he hasn't tasted before, new soap, hand cream etc ... its just their way of getting acquainted with a new smell, once he takes a nip he'll go into a kinda contortionist position trying to lick the new scent all over his spikes (and will probably fall over a few times trying to get it right the way down his back).
Under normal Circumstances though he'll keep his spikes down and you can pet him like a hairbursh texture cat :P
Do a youtube search for hedgehog anointing if you want a good laugh.
It makes me want one lol
When I was searching for a porcupine (because i'm not a native english speaker)
I found this 6375.jpg
great pet, really! it's the first time I see someone with such a pet. I know people got snakes, reptiles etc.. here in belgium but not a hedgehog
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