Brandt’s Hedgehog, Paraechinus hypomelas

Brandt’s hedgehog (Paraechinus hypomelas) can be found in the deserts of Middle Asia and the Middle East. It prefers a habitat in arid or mountainous regions, often resting under natural cover. It will occasionally dig nests and hibernate when the weather becomes cold. This species was named in honor of the director of the Zoological Department at St Petersburg Academy of Sciences, Johann Friedrich von Brandt. This nocturnal species can reach an average body length of 9.8 inches, with a weight between 17.6 and 35.2 ounces. This size is highly similar to that of the West European Hedgehog, although its ears are longer. It runs very quickly when threatened, but will also use its sharp spines for protection. Brandt’s hedgehog appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern.”

Image Caption: This photo of a Hedgehog was taken in Jaisalmer district, Rajasthan on 18 Apr 06. Credit: AshLin/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)