Spiny Mice Five Ways (Acomys spp.)
The spiny mice are native to the deserts of Africa, Asia, and Europe. They get their name because of their spiky fur, which defends them like a hedgehog’s spines. Clockwise from the top left, we have Acomys russata, the golden spiny mouse; A. spinosissimus, the spiny mouse; A. minous, the Crete spiny mouse; A. cilicicus, the Asia Minor spiny mouse; and A. nesiotes, the Cyprus spiny mouse. I like my drawing of A. cilicicus the most and I can’t stand my drawing of A. spinosissimus.