Conservation of the Madras Hedgehog in Rural Tamil Nadu

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The Madras hedgehog (Parachinus nudiventris, Horsfield 1851) also known as the bare-bellied hedgehog, is a small-sized insectivorous mammal endemic to the dry scrub forests and grasslands of southeastern India. It is one of the 17 species of hedgehogs found in India. They curl their whole body, covered with spines, into a ball to defend themselves against predators when threatened.

Although locally common in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, very little is known about its ecology and population status. Hedgehogs … Read More