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African Pygmy Hedgehog

African Pygmy Hedgehog

Animal's Behavior

Dominating characteristic is their behavior when frightened. They roll up into a ball and may scream!

Eating Habits

Worms, snails, fruit

Conservation Efforts

Although heavily promoted for the pet trade, breeding is restricted in some areas.

Animal Facts

  • 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.

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Quick Facts

Scientific Name

Atelerix albiventris


Animalia, Chordata, Vertebrata, Mammallia, Erinaceomorpha, Erinaceidae

Place of Birth

Senegal to Tanzania in Africa


6-8 inches


White and black spines with white or brown face and underside


2-3 years in the wild; 8-10 years in zoos

Conservation Status

Least Concern

Where to See

Audubon Zoo

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