Three hedgehog species have been recorded in Jordan. They are characterized by a round body covered with harmless, hard, brown quills; long snout; lighter underparts; poor eyesight; and excellent sense of smell for locating prey.
Nocturnal. Solitary. Hibernates in winter. Rolls into a ball when threatened.
Small invertebrates, rodents, reptiles, and eggs.
The Eastern European hedgehog (Erinaceus concolor) occurs in the woodlands of the Northern Highlands, including Amman. The long-eared hedgehog (Hemiechinus auritus) occurs in arid regions in western and northern Jordan, including Wadi Dana. The Ethiopian hedgehog (Paraechinus aethiopicus) occurs in arid regions in western and southern Jordan, including Wadi Araba.