Through microscopic research we can study the structure and pigment of quills. and specifically how they differ per species. With this new knowledge we can get a deeper understanding of the differences between the species of hedgehogs and tenrecs. This might make identification easier when rescued animals are found, but we might also get more knowledge about the functionality of the quills, hairs and semi-hairs.
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How do we collect quills and hairs?
Usually we collect quills and hairs from hedgehogs and tenrecs through pet owners and breeders, but sometimes also through shelters and rescues. Hedgehogs especially shed quills and hairs continuously throughout their lifetime. They can easily be collected by looking through their bedding or nests, without disturbing the animal or hurting them. For tenrecs, this is a little bit different as they don’t shed as many hairs and their quills stay on their skin almost permanently. In these cases it simply takes a bit longer to have them shed a few hairs and the quills are often collected from recently passed away animals.