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African Pygmy Hedgehog - Snowflake, Porkchop & Applesauce
Atelerix albiventris
Range: Domesticated
Habitat: Woodland, grasslands, and urban areas - they occupy any area with sufficient food and shelter
Diet: Invertebrates including: beetles, worms, slugs, and grasshoppers. At the zoo they eat insectivore diet, wax worms, mealworms and crickets.
Fun Facts:
  • The African Pygmy Hedgehog is a hybrid of the four-toed hedgehog and the Algerian hedgehog and is only found in captivity.
  • Hedgehogs are primarily nocturnal. They rely on their sense of smell and hearing
  • Their spiny coats are great defense. They have few predators including large owls, and badgers. Dogs and foxes can occasionally overcome the spines.  
  • Roads are a major cause of death for hedgehogs. Half of all deaths are caused by cars.  

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