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Transcript of Atelerix Hedgehog
The African pygmy hedgehog is a solitary animal. As a nocturnal creature, it constantly moves, covering up to several miles in one night. Although they are not territorial, individuals do keep distance from other African pygmy hedgehogs.There are a number of unique behaviors present in this species. One is the process of self-annointing. When an animal discovers a unique taste or scent it creates a frothy saliva which it proceeds to spread across its body in a series of remarkable contortions.
A relaxed hedgehog has a generally oval shape. The limbs are short and the animal's round body is low to the ground. The African Pygmy Hedgehog has a very short tail. When threatened, the animal has the ability to contract a series of muscles, rolling itself into a compact ball shape, forcing its quills out in all directions. In a relaxed state, the quills lie flat against the animal's body.
Where the hedgehog be found
Hedgehogs can be found on the continents of Africa, Asia, and Europe. Atelerix is widely encountered in savanah and steppe zones of equatorial Africa from Senegal to Ethopia and south to the Zambezi River.
The four-toed hedgehog is an insectivore and primarily eats insects (termites, beetles) and other arthropods (spiders, scorpions, millipedes). They do consume a variety of other foods as well, including invertebrates (snails, earthworms, slugs, land crabs) small vertebrates (snakes, lizards, frogs, young birds, and eggs) and plant material (roots, fruits, fungi). Some have even been observed consuming venomous snakes!
What do they eat?
Hedgehogs are small, adorable pets that aren't hard to take care of and barely make a fuss. They only live up to about 6 years and they only weigh 6 to 12 ounces. The Hedgehogs are only 12 inches in length (full growth) and they are great pets to have around =)