Geographical Range Central Africa
Habitat Grasslands, savannahs, bushlands, agricultural areas, gardens
Scientific Name Atelerix albiventris
Conservation Status Common

This little mammal sports a thick coat of 5,000 sharp spines. These serve as a handy defense against predators, especially when the hedgehog rolls up into a ball to protect its soft underbelly. Hedgehogs aren't picky about what they eat. Their diet includes insects of all kinds, earthworms, frogs, lizards, mice, seeds, fruit and plant matter.

Hedgehogs are solitary and nocturnal animals. Although currently popular in the pet trade, this lifestyle makes them a poor choice for a pet.