The Algerian hedgehog is now considered to be a rare species. Its home is limited to the flat lands of the eastern Mediterranean coast where its numbers have been devastated by urban intrusion, means of transportation and predators.
The Algerian Hedgehog’s spikes are smaller and a lot softer than what you would expect of a European Hedgehog. The Algerian also has a longer snout and bigger ears than the European.
Did you know that Eurasian eagle owls overlap in geographic range with Algerian Hedgehogs and are known to prey on them?
Photo credit – Grace the Hedgehog