Brandts Hedgehog

Brandts Hedgehog - (B. Jordan)
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Scientific Name Paraechinus hypomelas Arabic Name Al qunfuz Tagged As Mammal, Hedgehog Endangered Status
 

Description

Covered with black fur and has sharp black-tipped spines providing an overall black appearance. The face is narrower than the Ethiopian Hedgehog with large ears. Only the muzzle tip and the inside of the ears are grey. Weighs 500-1000 grams.

Range & Habitat

Found along the East of the Arabian Peninsula, in the UAE and Oman, preferring mountain oasis and wadi systems with plenty of vegetation, but does come down to the sandy desert plains.

Breeding

The female normally gives birth to three to four young. The gestation period is about 40 days.