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African Pygmy Hedgehog

Order:

Eulipotyphla

Family:

Erinaceidae

Group:

Atelerix

Lifespan:

Up to 10 years

Gestation:

Average 35 days, 6 to 8 per litter

Distribution:

Central Africa

Habitat:

Grassy plains and woodland

Diet:

Spiders and various insects

Conservation Status:

Least Concern

 

Facts

The African Pygmy Hedgehog Atelerix albiventris is often known as the Four-Toed Hedgehog .This is despite the fact that they sometimes have 5 toes, or an extra bony nub to aid with climbing. They are very good climbers, and can even swim fairly well if the situation arises! This helps them in their night-time foraging trips, as they travel for several miles each night while looking for food.

They are very vocal creatures, making a wide variety of noises- snorts, hisses and twitters. Bird-like calls are used during mating season, and they can even scream if threatened to frighten off predators!

 

 

Did you know?

If they encounter a new substance that is particularly smelly, they will mix it with frothy saliva they make and coat their body with it. They have been observed in the wild doing this with toad slime- scientists aren't sure why, but we bet it wouldn't improve the smell!