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African pygmy hedgehog

Scientific Name: Atelerix albiventris

Habitat: savanna

Diet: mainly insects; also fruits, grasses, eggs, snakes

Life span: 6–10 years

Young: 4-6 young

Size: up to 2.2 kg (1 lb)

Look at all those spines! Hedgehogs are covered with up to 5,000 spines. Unlike a porcupine whose quills are loose and penetrate an attackers skin, a hedgehog’s spines stay firmly in place when attacked.

Hedgehogs are one of the few animals that can safely eat a poisonous scorpion.

Learn more about this species:

These are some other websites that we think have more great information about this species.

African pygmy hedgehog on Animal Diversity Web


Range: Africa

Status in the Wild

Status: thriving

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


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