The Atelerix genus contains four species of hedgehog. They live in Africa and Europe.
The Atelerix species live across a wide range, and are happy living in grassland and savannah. They are often sold internationally as pets, although none of them are native to Britain.
|Scientific name||Common name||Found in|
|A. albiventris||White-bellied hedgehog or four-toed hedgehog||Central and Eastern Africa|
|A. algirus||Algerian hedgehog||Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, northern Libya, southern France, Spain, Canary Islands, Balearic Islands, Malta and Djerba|
|A. frontalis||South African hedgehog||South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana|
|A. sclateri||Somalian hedgehog||Somalia|
These hedgehogs have a central parting of the spines at the crown of the head, and short ears. They have no big toe on the back foot. In addition, they have a whitish band across the forehead.