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The spines of the hedgehog is an adaptive feature for

A. Courtship

B. defence

C. water conservation

D. obtaining food




Hedgehogs are animals the size of rabbit, they have a coat of sharp, stiff spines which they use to deter attackers and predators. When under attack, the hedgehog curls itself into a ball, and ready it’s spines. It is believed that these spines could inject bacteria germs which could cause certain diseases.

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Now for the right answer to the above question:

  1. Option A is incorrect; the spines are for hostilities not for courtship.
  2. Option B is correct; it’s for defense, predators tend to be deterred by them.
  3. Option C is incorrect. No, they are not for water conservation.
  4. D is also incorrect. Not for obtaining food.


You may please note that:

  • A hedgehog is also an example of animal that both aestivate in cold climates, and hibernate in hot climates.

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/ culled from 2016 JAMB-UTME biology past question 21 /

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