Out of all 17 species of hedgehogs on the planet, the most common is the African pygmy hedgehog. When an African pygmy hedgehog is introduced to a new or exceptionally strong smell, it sometimes creates a large amount of saliva, which it spreads onto its spines as a defense mechanism. Another, more common defense tactic is tensing all of the muscles and rolling into a ball to protect the head and limbs. It also sleeps in this defensive position. When frightened the hedgehog makes a variety of sounds, such as chirps, hisses, growls, and screams.
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Location: This animal is not on exhibit. It is part of our educational collection and may only be seen in programs inside or outside of the zoo.
Arrived at EPZ: April- 2015; Mae- 2017