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Basic Information Sheet: European Hedgehog

The European hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) is one of the most common species seen in wildlife rehabilitation in western Europe. Hedgehogs are potential carriers of zoonotic disease. Ringworm infection caused by Trichophyton mentagrophytes is the most commonly contracted zoonosis of wildlife rehabilitators in the United Kingdom. Other important medical conditions include ectoparasites infestations, gastrointestinal disease caused by Salmonella enteritidits or coccidiosis as well as bronchopneumonia associated with bacterial and/or lungworm infection.

Use our European hedgehog Information Sheet to review taxonomy, conservation status, physical description, diet and housing needs, anatomy and physiology, preventive care as well as important medical conditions. Login to view information sheet references.

Timothy Partridge BVSc, MRCVS

Timothy Partridge has been the Veterinary Surgeon at Vale Wildlife Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre in Gloucestershire, United Kingdom, since 2009. The Centre receives British wildlife casualties from all over the country. Tim divides his time between Vale Wildlife Centre and Folly Gardens Veterinary Practice, a three-centre first opinion and referral small animal practice also in Gloucestershire, where his caseload is largely surgical.