Pygmy Hedgehog

The Pygmy Hedgehog, also known as the African Pygmy Hedgehog, is a small mammal belonging to the family Erinaceidae. Native to central Africa, these hedgehogs have been domesticated and bred for companionship, becoming popular pets worldwide. Pygmy hedgehogs are characterized by their small size, typically ranging from 6 to 9 inches (15 to 23 cm) in length, with a stout body covered in spines. Their spines are modified hairs made of keratin, which can be erect when the hedgehog feels threatened or relaxed when it’s calm. Pygmy hedgehogs have a round face with small ears and tiny eyes, and they come in a variety of colors and patterns.

Fun Fact about Pygmy Hedgehog

A fascinating fact about Pygmy Hedgehogs is their unique behaviour called “self-anointing” or “anting.” When encountering a new scent or taste that piques their curiosity, Pygmy Hedgehogs may exhibit a peculiar behaviour where they lick or chew on the object before foaming at the mouth. They then spread this frothy saliva over their spines by rubbing their body against the object, effectively anointing themselves with the scent. While the exact reason behind this behaviour remains unclear, it’s believed that self-anointing may serve as a form of defence or communication, helping hedgehogs mask their scent or alert others to potential threats. Regardless of its purpose, self-anointing is an intriguing behaviour that showcases the complexity and adaptability of these small, captivating creatures.

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