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Atelerix algirus

Common Name: Algerian Hedgehog

Characteristics:

  • Chocolate-brown and cream banded quills
  • White fur on the underbelly
  • Length: 8-14 inches
  • Weight: 400-1000 grams

Range: Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Northern Libya, Southern France, Spain, Canary Islands, Balearic Islands, Malta & Djerba

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Atelerix albiventris

Common Name: White-Bellied Hedgehog or Four-Toed Hedgehog or African Pygmy Hedgehog

Characteristics: 

  • Chocolate-brown and black banded quills
  • White fur on their underbelly
  • No ‘great toe' on their back feet (which all other species have)
  • Length: 7-10 inches
  • Weight: 300-700 grams

Range: Central and Eastern Africa

Genus Erinaceus

Erinaceus amurensis

Common Name: Chinese or Amur Hedgehog

Characteristics: 

  • Chocolate-brown banded quills (usually)
  • Colour variations are extensive in this species - they can vary from dark brown through to pale or even albino variations
  • White fur on the underbelly
  • Length: 12-15 inches
  • Weight: 700-1000 grams

Range: China, Manchuria & the Korean Penisula

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