Hedgehog, African Pygmy

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Physical Characteristics

Hedgehogs are easily identified by the tightly grouped quills covering their back. They can use these to defend themselves by curling into a ball, causing the quills to stick out directly. They are usually no bigger than the palm of your hand.

Habitat & Diet

The hedgehogs’ tiny size best suits a life in the underbrush of heavily wooded areas to allow them to scurry around looking for food with cover from potential predators. Though other subspecies eat a wide variety of available smaller animals and vegetation, African pygmy hedgehogs primarily eat ground dwelling insects. Their home range rarely extends more than 200 yards away from their nest.

Social Behavior

Hedgehogs are solitary creatures and males will act aggressively to one another when encountering each other in the wild. Occasionally, subspecies that hibernate will share a den with a member of the opposite sex. They are also nocturnal and will do most of their hunting or moving their nest under the cover of night.

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Fascinating Facts

    • African pygmy hedgehogs primarily rely on their sense of smell to find food and sense predators. They can even sniff out worms buried underground!
    • The average hedgehog has anywhere from 5,000 to 6,500 quills on their backs!

Status In The Wild

African pygmy hedgehogs have become popular pets, and as a result, breeding has strengthened the numbers of the species greatly. In the wild, they are not threatened and only come into conflict with humans when they overpopulate areas with a high concentration of human domiciles. In the wild, they live between 4 to 6 years, and can live over 10 years in captivity.

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