AnAge entry for Erinaceus europaeus

Classification (HAGRID: 03017)

Taxonomy
Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
        Class: Mammalia (Taxon entry)
            Order: Erinaceomorpha
                Family: Erinaceidae
                    Genus: Erinaceus
Species
Erinaceus europaeus
Common name
Western European hedgehog

Lifespan, ageing, and relevant traits

Maximum longevity
11.7 years (captivity)
Source
ref. 671
Sample size
Medium
Data quality
Acceptable
Observations

On average this animal reaches sexual maturity 3 months earlier in captivity. In the wild they appear to live up to 7-8 years. One captive specimen lived for 11.7 years [0671].

Life history traits (averages)

Female sexual maturity
253 days
Male sexual maturity
253 days
Gestation
30 days
Weaning
42 days
Litter size
1.5 (viviparous)
Litters per year
1.6
Inter-litter interval
Weight at birth
14.7 g
Weight at weaning
235 g
Adult weight
750 g
Postnatal growth rate
Maximum longevity residual
87%

Metabolism

Typical body temperature
307ºK or 34.0ºC or 93.2ºF
Basal metabolic rate
2.4340 W
Body mass
1213.5 g
Metabolic rate per body mass
0.002006 W/g

References

External Resources

Integrated Taxonomic Information System
ITIS 633540
Animal Diversity Web
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NCBI Taxonomy
Taxonomy ID 9365
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