Southern African hedgehog By Zander.thompson

Scientific name

Atelerix frontalis


in Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe

Physical Description

Their bodies are covered by sharp spines. The average mass of a fully grown male is 350g. The main color is brown but there are other colors too


The Southern African hedgehog is insectivorous, with a wild specimen's diet consisting mainly of earthworms and crickets. However, the South African hedgehog has evolved to become mostly omnivorous due to habitat loss and trash from human civilization being readily available


The gestation period is one month with a litter of between one and nine newborns. Mating season for the Southern African hedgehog is typically in the summer. With a gestation period of around 35 days


The Southern African hedgehog is said to be a slow mover; however, when threatened, it can move surprisingly fast at 6 to 7 kilometers/hour.[2]

Weird Fact

Immune to poisons in some plants, hedgehogs sometimes eat those plants then lick their spines to spread the plant’s poison, protecting themselves from predators.




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