This particular type of hedgehog is considered to be very rare. It is a species of hedgehog that is found in dry areas and jungles in south-eastern India.

Not much is currently known about this species of hedgehog.

Brandt’s hedgehogs have a very distinguishable black/brownish face and body along with their big ears. This type of hedgehog prefers a dry grassland, desert or mountainous area to live.

Not unlike many species of hedgehog, the Brandt’s Hedgehog is nocturnal. This species prefers arid desert areas and mountains, most likely for protection purposes. It often uses natural shelters, but will dig dens or nests if necessary.

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This species has a very diverse diet consuming things such as insects, frogs, toads and bird eggs. They are a relatively fast species, but not as speedy as our Indian Long-Eared friends!

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The Hugh’s hedgehog prefers open areas of dry steppe, but can be found hiding in hedgerows and in forests. Unlike many other hedgehog species, this one is known to look for food even in daytime on rainy days.

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As with many hedgehog species, Long-Eared hogs follow mainly their excellent sense of hearing and sense of smell, as their eyesight is quite poor. They are also very fast runners!

The Indian Long-Eared Hedgehog is often found inhabiting burrows. As a desert-living hedgehog, the Indian Long-Eared tends to get its water supply from its diet which is made up of small insects.

Indian Hedgehogs are mainly found in sandy desert areas but can be found in other environments too. Although this species does not hibernate, it is able to slow down its metabolism when food is scarce.

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As with many hedgehog species, Long-Eared hogs follow mainly their excellent sense of hearing and sense of smell, as their eyesight is quite poor. They are also very fast runners!

This hedgehog’s large ears are used for heat radiation in the desert. The long-eared hedgehog has a light coloured underbelly along with white hairs on the tips of its ears. Did you know that unlike many of its counter-species, the Long-Eared Hedgehog is less likely to curl up in a ball when approached by a predator and would rather try to outrun it?

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This particular type of hedgehog is found in lowland China and lives in forest-type open spaces. It thrives in long grass and bushes or hedges. As with most types of hedgehog, they are nocturnal.

Amur hedgehogs have similar characteristics to the European hedgehog in terms of appearance and behaviour, although the Amur is more lightly coloured and is larger than the European.

Did you know that the name ‘hedgehog’ refers to the pig-like grunts it makes as it forages?

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