Atelerix albiventris ON EXHIBIT:
Classroom and Encounter Animal
African pygmy hedgehogs can detect prey two inches or more underground and can consume one-third of their body weight in food each night. They have an interesting defensive mechanism and produce frothy saliva that they spread on the quills of their flanks when they sense danger.
IUCN lists African pygmy hedgehogs as Least Concern with a stable population.
Fan Photo Photo by Aquarium Staff
About This Animal
SIZE: Six to eight inches; weight 18-25 ounces
RANGE: Senegal to Southern Somalia and Tanzania
HABITAT: Semiarid areas and dry savannas
DIET: Insects, worms, snails, arthropods, lizards, snakes, nestling birds, small mammals, carrion, fruits, seeds, peanuts, roots and fungi