West European Hedgehog is large, stout with short tail and ears.
Its head back and side are covered with yellowish brown spines.
Head and body length is 21-30 cm. Weight is .8-1 kg.
This animal is nocturnal and it feeds on insects and small invertebrates.
It has acute hearing and smell but its eyesight is poor. For
protection the hedgehog rolls into a spiny ball. It hibernates
in cold climates in a nest among tree roots or under bushes.
breeds twice a year with litters of 4-5 young. Gestation is
34-49 days. Young are weaned at 4 weeks.
are found in W Europe; Spain to Italy and Istrian Peninsula;
north to Poland, Scandinavia and NW European Russia. Islands
of Ireland, Britain, Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily, Azores, and
many smaller islands. Introduced to New Zealand.