Cairo Spiny Mouse (Acomys cahirinus)
Also known as the Common Spiny Mouse, Egyptian Spiny Mouse, or the Arabian Spiny Mouse, the Cairo spiny mouse is a species of Spiny Mouse (Acomys spp.) that is native to northern Africa, with a range extending from Mauritania, Morocco, and Algeria in the west to Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Egypt to the east. Cairo spiny mice typically inhabit dry stony habitats with sparse vegetation and are commonly seen in cliffs, canyons, gravelly plains, and even human dwellings. A. cahirinius is a social species, living in male dominated groups. Groups of spiny mice will typically dwell in burrows and rock crevices, coming out at night to feed on a range of plant matter, terrestrial invertebrates, and even carrion.
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