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African Pygmy Hedgehog
Dominating characteristic is their behavior when frightened. They roll up into a ball and may scream!
Worms, snails, fruit
Although heavily promoted for the pet trade, breeding is restricted in some areas.
- Hedgehogs can be effective at pest control in their native habitat, where residents encourage them to hunt for bugs in gardens.
- The ancient Romans are believed to have had a “Hedgehog Day” to predict spring.
Animalia, Chordata, Vertebrata, Mammallia, Erinaceomorpha, Erinaceidae
Place of Birth
Senegal to Tanzania in Africa
White and black spines with white or brown face and underside
2-3 years in the wild; 8-10 years in zoos
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