Paraechinus is a genus of hedgehogs. It contains four species from North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia:[1] The Paraechinus also known as the Hedgehog, is a small nocturnal species who are the least studied. Wild hedgehogs intelligence is of great capacity, Hedgehogs kept in captivity with no experience in the wild appear to learn quickly their way around and interact normally with other wild hedgehogs and with the wild. Hedgehogs survival rates are influenced by many factors such as habitat suitability and food availability.

P. aethiopicus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Eulipotyphla
Family: Erinaceidae
Subfamily: Erinaceinae
Genus: Paraechinus
Trouessart, 1879

P. aethiopicus
P. hypomelas
P. micropus
P. nudiventris


  1. ^ Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M., eds. (2005). Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.

Mohammad,Abu.Elsevier B.V (2018).Into the wild: Survival, movement patterns and weight Changes in captive Ethiopian hedgehogs, Paraechinus aethiopicus following their release (Volume 158).Science direct.