Animal Encounters

Fun Animal Encounters

From a hairy tarantula to a talking African gray parrot, you never know what you’ll bump into in Ranger Rick's Backyard Safari at the Tennessee Aquarium!

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MAMMALS

Hedgehog

Atelerix albiventris

ON EXHIBIT:  Classroom and Encounter Animal

Hedgehog

FUN FACTS
African pygmy hedgehogs can detect prey two inches or more underground and can consume one-third of their body weight in food each night.  They have an interesting defensive mechanism and produce frothy saliva that they spread on the quills of their flanks when they sense danger. 

CONSERVATION
IUCN lists African pygmy hedgehogs as Least Concern with a stable population.



Fan Photo

hedgehog
Photo by Aquarium Staff 

About This Animal

SIZE:  Six to eight inches; weight 18-25 ounces 

RANGE: Senegal to Southern Somalia and Tanzania

HABITAT:  Semiarid areas and dry savannas

DIET: Insects, worms, snails, arthropods, lizards, snakes, nestling birds, small mammals, carrion, fruits, seeds, peanuts, roots and fungi