Online questionnaire on albino hedgehogs
Hedgehogs with white spines and leucistic ones are found now and again. The white colouring is caused by a lack of pigmentation. Leucistic hedgehogs have a little pigmentation for example black eyes or a creamy spiny coat.
Light sensitivity of the eyes and skin does not adversely affect a nocturnal animal like a hedgehog. Moreover, the spiny coat is usually so dirty that you don't notice it is an albino until you take a second look. These hedgehogs become sexually mature and reproduce just like their brown-grey coloured cousins. The mutations remain exceptions, as in other animals, and do not persist in the wild population.
We want to know more about albino hedgehogs, that is why we are asking for your help. Please fill in this form if you see albino hedgehogs.