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Depending on where you look or who you ask, you will get a different answer.

So are hedgehogs insectivores or omnivores.

Just for clarification, insectivores eat MOSTLY insects while omnivores eat animal meat, plants, fruit, and insects.
 

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I tend to describe them as insectivorous omnivores. We don't know a lot of information about their specific diet, but we do know they eat mostly insects, but also other invertebrates (worms), fruit, eggs, meat, and I believe fungi as well. I think that's too much variety to be considered a strict insectivore (think insectivorous bats, anteaters, etc.). But I do think the majority of their diet is likely insects & invertebrates, especially going by their teeth (I forget the specific term, but their tooth shape & how they chew is common with insectivorous animals, and adapted for crushing exoskeletons).
 

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It appears by checking information on African hedgehogs, they are omnivores, with a strong tendency towards insectivore.
It's perfectly logical when you think about it. People are omnivores, some have a tendency toward herbivore while some go closer to carnivore diets.
 

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When people ask me "what do they eat" I'll tell them that they are creatures of opportunity. I tell them that they largely eat bugs, but will eat other things that they come across. I also tell them that I've heard them described as spiky raccoons. I get to avoid labels that way.
 

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Spikey raccoons, I like that. Unfortunately around here that wouldn't win them any popularity contests. Pretty rural and most people have I lost something to them.
Last year, it was chickens and turkeys. Just the heads. I think the raccoon was a zombie.
 
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