Yesterday this little guy ambushed my bicycle, thankfully tire-hedgehog contact was avoided at the last moment. Now I am wondering which one is it. Going by wikipedia maps and photos it should be either European/Western (Erinaceus europaeus) or Northern (E. roumanicus).

Sadly due to nocturnal nature of Hedgehog, "smart"phone camera and general willingness of Mr. Spikey to quickly leave area of incident this is best photo I have:


Incident occurred in Poland, Europe, around 21:30 local time.

  • $\begingroup$ There are some field marks that can be used to make the distinction but you should have taken a picture of the foot and the nose more precisely. There is still the risk of some variations in colour, then the best would be a DNA analysis in my opinion. $\endgroup$ – рüффп May 10 '18 at 8:51
  • $\begingroup$ What part of Poland is this? Both species occur in Poland, but they are geographically seperated. $\endgroup$ – RHA May 26 '19 at 18:06
  • $\begingroup$ @RHA It was about here, in Opole, Upper Silesia $\endgroup$ – PTwr May 27 '19 at 7:20

I think the picture you have is not enough to make a proper distinction between the two species.

By this site, they found some morphological characteristics to make the distinction but:

  1. You have to carefully take pictures of the animal parts
  2. The study nearer Poland has been made in Estonia and those characteristics could be slightly different in other countries.

I did not find another documents about hedgehog populations in Poland but the wikipedia page says both species are living in the country.

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  • $\begingroup$ Downvoters: please consider to leave a comment to explain what can be improved to this answer. $\endgroup$ – рüффп Jul 24 '18 at 23:59

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