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African Pygmy Hedgehog
Atelerix albiventris

Habitat: Savanna habitat and other grassy environments

Range: West Africa, Central Africa and East Africa

Natural Diet: Insects, snails, spiders, vegetable matter, other small vertebrates

Status in the Wild: Common (Least concern)


Fun Animal Facts

This species is smaller in size growing up to 10 inches in length. They are usually oval shaped with females being larger than the males. They are solitary and nocturnal in the wild building nests in rock crevices and tree hollows. These hedgehogs roll up into a ball when they are trying to protect themselves from predators. In the wild, these small mammals live for 4 years. In captivity some hedgehogs have lives twice as long. Females have one litter per year. This species is commonly found in Africa and currently there are no threats of extinction.

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Distributional range in Africa