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Southern White-breasted Hedgehog

The Southern White-breasted Hedgehog (Erinaceus concolor) is sometimes referred to as East European Hedgehog, White-bellied Hedgehog or White-chested Hedgehog. It is very similar to lifestyle and appearance to the West European Hedgehog. This hedgehog has a white spot on its chest. For a long time these two species were considered to be one. The Southern White-breasted Hedgehog and Western European Hedgehog can hybridize.

Unlike its western European counterpart, the Southern White-breasted Hedgehog never digs dens. It prefers building grass nests in secluded places.

Southern White-breasted Hedgehog