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The four-toed hedgehog is a small African cousin of the famous European hedgehog. It also has many quills and looks very cute.
At birth, hedgehogs already have about 100 quills. A protective liquid coat protects the mother from injuries.
Conservation Status: not endangered
Global Home: Africa
Primary Habitat: Savannah
The four-toed hedgehog is also called the African dwarf hedgehog which points out the fact that it is smaller than its relatives and its habitat extends over vast parts of Africa. Like all hedgehogs, the head and back of the four-toed hedgehog is covered with countless short quills. When in danger, it rolls itself into a spiked ball. African hedgehogs are omnivores but their favourites include insects, snails and worms.