With 17 different species of hedgehog in the world, the most common domesticated hedgehog is the nocturnal and solitary African Pygmy Hedgehog. But director of Africa Geographic Travel, Christian Boix, was lucky enough to see one in the wild on a recent trip to coastal Kenya.
The most common species of domesticated hedgehog is the African pygmy hedgehog, a hybrid of the white-bellied or four-toed hedgehog (Atelerix albiventris) and the Algerian hedgehog (A. algirus). It is smaller than the European hedgehog, and thus is sometimes called African pygmy hedgehog. Other species kept as pets are the Egyptian long-eared hedgehog (Hemiechinus auritus auritus) and the Indian long-eared hedgehog (Hemiechinus collaris).