The Somali hedgehog is a species found in East Africa. The species is very similar to the White-bellied Cone and has natural hybrids due to the large degree of overlap in their habitats. Very little is known about the species, mainly due to a lack of scientific research in Somalia due to the insecurity in the country.
The habitat of the Somali hedgehog is mainly in Somalia, although there are also sightings of the species in eastern Ethiopia. This mainly concerns the wide valleys along the rivers Shebelle and Jubba, both of which run from the mountain area in Ethiopia to the coast of Somalia and flow into the Indian Ocean.
Somalia has a warm desert climate and a steppe climate, with a year-round temperature between 20 and 32 degrees Celsius. The area has between 7 and 9 hours of sunlight per day year round. In the rainy season, rain falls on 8 days a month, rising to 5 mm per day. In the dry season there is a maximum of 1 day of rain per month with less than 0.5 mm on that day.
Flora & Fauna
There is a wide variety of grasses and shrubs that store a lot of moisture, such as some Aloe species. There are not many tree species to be found, but consist of Acacia and Boswellia species.