Erinaceomorpha – Hedgehogs

The well-known hedgehogs of Eurasia and Africa and the gymnures or moonrats of SE Asia

Small, short-legged animals inhabit many habitats, including woodlands, grasslands, deserts, urban parks, humid forests, and meadows. These animals usually live under tree logs or in burrows; they make and eat a wide variety of foods, including small invertebrates, reptiles, carrion, fruits, and roots.

Hedgehogs are nocturnal, but moonrats may also be active during the day. Also, some species hibernate in winter as well. Even though they are largely terrestrial animals, they are extremely good climbers and adept swimmers. Moreover, most family members are solitary and come together only when the breeding season comes.