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White-bellied hedgehog

Erinaceus concolor


The southern white-breasted hedgehog (Erinaceus concolor), sometimes referred to as white-bellied hedgehog or white-chested hedgehog, is very similar in lifestyle and appearance to the European hedgehog, but the former has a white spot on its chest. For a long time these two species were considered to be one. The northern white-breasted hedgehog was formerly recognized as a subspecies of the Southern white-breasted hedgehog but newer investigations see both as different species. The Southern white-breasted hedgehog and European hedgehog can hybridize. Unlike its European counterpart, the Southern white-breasted hedgehog never digs dens. It prefers building grass nests in secluded places.


Found in woodland, farmland, and suburban areas. They are a popular sight in gardens and they are solitary, non-territorial animals that are mainly active at night.


Photos taken @ Bikodze, Bosnia & Herzegovina.

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Federacija Bosne i Hercegovine, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Lat: 44.51, Long: 18.47

Spotted on Aug 16, 2012
Submitted on Sep 7, 2016

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