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Animal Database
Southern White-breasted Hedgehog
Ferdinand hazlinsky 267987
Common Name East European Hedgehog, White-bellied Hedgehog and White-chested Hedgehog
Range N/A
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Eulipotyphla
Family Erinaceidae
Genus Erinaceus
Species Erinaceus concolor
Conservation Status
Least Concern

The Southern white-breasted hedgehog (Erinaceus concolor), sometimes referred to as east European hedgehog, 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.