Long-eared Hedgehog

The long-eared hedgehog (Hemiechinus auritus) is a species of hedgehog native to Central Asian countries and the Caucasus Mountains. It is smaller than the West European Hedgehog. It weighs at most 17.64 oz (500 g), and is much faster. It is less likely to cuddle when approached by predators and will most likely try and outrun or leap at predators with their relatively short needles. Due to its lifestyle, it has less needle protection and shorter needles.

The long-eared hedgehog uses grass nests as shelter, and has numerous enemies. It hibernates from late October to March.

The long-eared hedgehog is naturally parasite prone and can carry diseases as bad as plague. It is highly recommended that, if kept as pet, it should be purchased from a respected dealer.

Photo by I.V. Korneev