The European Hedgehog (Scientific name – Erinaceus europaeus), Common hedgehog, is a hedgehog species found in northern and western Europe. But it is also seen in Bangladesh. It is about 20 to 30 cm in length and adult weight typically ranges from 600g (after hibernation) to 1,200 g (prior to hibernation) and occasionally may reach as much as 1,600 g. Males tend to be slightly larger than females.
Unlike the smaller, warmer climate species, the European Hedgehog may hibernate in the winter. It is omnivorous, feeding on a wide range of invertebrates, but prefers slugs, earthworms, beetles and other insects. The preferred arthropods are the millipedes Glomeris marginata and Tachypodoiulus niger as well as the ground beetle Carabus nemoralis. It is also known to eat frogs, small rodents, young birds and birds’ eggs.