Common Name

Cape Spiny mouse

Afrikaanse naam

Kaapse Stekelmuis



Scientific Name

Acomys subspinosus
Cape Spiny mouse


Total length 17cm - weight about 21g. Dark greyish-brown - lighter and tinged rusty on flanks. Underparts and feet white - upper part of belly grey. The guard coar on upper parts is composed of harsh bristly hairs which are longer and stiffer on the rump. Tail covered with short bristles - dark above and white below. Nocturnal - terrestrial - in rocky areas on mountain slopes.