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African hedgehog

African hedgehog range

Feature Creature

African Hedgehog

(Atelerix albiventris)

Native to: East Africa
Primary Diet: Insects, earthworms, snails, slugs, small mammals, birds, frogs, reptiles, fruit, fungi and roots
Adult Weight: 1 to 2 pounds
Status: Stable

A hedgehog rolls up its body when it’s afraid or when it is sleeping. It has a circular muscle that contracts and forms a bag into which its body, head and legs fold.