Range and Habitat: African pygmy hedgehogs are widespread throughout eastern, central, and western Africa. They inhabit rocky hillsides or arid scrub and savanna.
African pygmy hedgehogs are mostly solitary and nocturnal (active at night).
African pygmy hedgehogs are insectivores. They enjoy insects, but will also enjoy small mammals, eggs, fruits, and roots. Hedgehogs are able to eat a third of their body weight in one meal.
Fun Facts: When threatened, a hedgehog will roll up into a ball and tense up their muscles, causing the spines on their back to lift and criss-cross, painful for a predator to touch. They are illegal to own in the state of California due to the possibility of becoming an invasive species in the state.