There are a total of 18 species of hedgehogs living around the world, some even rarer than others. Most species are protected in the area where they naturally live, but there are also species that are kept as pets. The hedgehog species are divided into 5 families, each with their own characteristics.
The Mesechinus family contains four species, all of which occur in East Asia. The family is therefore also called the family of Chinese hedgehogs, although this name is not entirely correct. There are no pictures of these hedgehogs, due to the face they're hardly ever seen in their native habitat.