Animal Stories - African Pygmy Hedgehog


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ianbaby - 2011-05-04
Hi. My name is Ian and I received my ball of quills Severus about a month ago. I would say he's about to be 14 weeks old. He's perfect. My only issue is that although I clean his cage regularly, I haven't gotten a litter box yet and last Saturday and today I found maggots under his water dish. I sanitize the cage and everything in it and bath time is extensive. Do they keep coming back because the lack of litter box? Experience please?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-05
    Flies are either laying eggs in the feces (or food) for your friend. The eggs hatch and you have the maggots and the maggots become flies and then more eggs. You need to throughly clean - really wipe down everything to get rid of the eggs. Wash inside and out, all the dishes etc. Yes, you need a litter but you have to clean that out also. Flies can lay eggs in feces in the litter as well and then you have maggots again. I also have a question. There are frequently some sort of seed moths that will come in a dry seed or food mixture. They also lay eggs and the larvae that hatches looks a little like a maggot but skinner. Have you noticed any moths around? Real tiny moths. If so, you might have seed moths and larvae and not maggots. Do the same thing as far as cleaning but freeze your dry food for 24 hours before giving it to him.
  • michaela e - 2011-05-24
    Well when that happens that means your hedgehog has an infection or your house has a lot of flies.
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Chai - 2010-11-13
My daughter is looking into buying a hedgehog for me. I've got a small walled garden which is ideal for a hedgehog to roam about freely but my concern is how high can a hedgehog climb up to?

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  • Isadora - 2011-04-26
    Yes, hedge hogs can climb up to 6 ft on some objects like a stone wall, but I'm not sure about brick. You might do some research before you get one so you know everything about them.
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Fishyfishy - 2011-04-11
Hi guys. I am doing a project on hedghogs and i would like to know what kind of cage i could use (that i could use to build at school)?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-12
    You can read more about it on Animal World's site about housing a hedgehog but a basic rabbit cage (without any wire) will do the trick. I like the wooden ones on legs cuz they seem to be easier to clean.
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basmentcatasterfy - 2009-07-17
I have a hedgehog too, and I have to keep him in the basement because of my dogs, but is a little cold down there so what can I do.

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  • Anonymous - 2010-05-05
    Use a heating pad and set it on low depending on what kind of cage you have. If it's a glass aquarium put it under the glass make sure it is under where they sleep. I have a male and female and they really like it, it keeps them warm.
  • Anonymous - 2010-08-14
    Get a heated lamp to warm him up
  • gibe - 2010-09-18
    You could heat your basement or, like we did you could put his cage in a closet upstairs and install a light in it.
  • Tracie - 2010-12-21
    Keep him/her in a Rubbermaid or sterilite container with a heating pad underneath on a timer. The timer should be ON 2 hours OFF 1 hour. Make sure your hegie has a thick fleece blanket or pouch to sleep in.
  • Mikaela - 2011-01-05
    That is actually extremely dangerous, considering if it gets too cold, they will try to hibernate and well... that's a danger itself, since they're domesticated, they will probably die in hibernation. It is extremely important that you go buy a heater, they need about 80 degrees.
  • A Tax Lady - 2011-01-22
    Have you considered a "heat lamp" over the cage? This works for baby chickens.
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Fizzeh & Susie x3 - 2007-02-08
I Got my Hedgehog last night. she is 2 years old, called Susie, and clearly a 'huffie'. We tried to bring her out of her box and she well, hissed at us. We left her alone and we will try again tonight. She is the cutest little thing ever, and an albino. I have lots of other pets: dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs. I want to work with animals when Im older and will definitely enjoy Susie.

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  • kay - 2010-12-06
    AWWWW! THAT IS SOOOOO CUTE!!!! :>
  • Morgan - 2010-12-13
    I have a hedgehog too he is the love of my life and he does the same thing. Especially when I wake him up. It is just that they are mad and it is fine to pick them up they will get over it and you will get used to it. So just let her know it is just you by letting her smell you and she will be fine.
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Nancy - 2010-04-04
For the person in Tampa (or anyone else interested): I am interested in selling a 1-yr old female, very sweet, for $100. They usually go for about $150. If interested post back please.

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  • Kathy - 2010-09-02
    Okay, Maybe!
  • karen - 2010-11-10
    Do you still have the one year old female up for sale?
  • Devan - 2010-11-28
    I Was Wondering What would the total cost be to get one to PCB, Florida?
  • ashtine - 2010-12-02
    Have you sold it yet?
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FrannyT - 2010-10-11
My son's hedgehog got out of his cage (he left the door open!). We discovered this Friday afternoon, just as we were about to leave for the weekend. We left his food and water outside his cage, hoping he would come back. Now it is Monday morning and when we got back last night we saw his food had not been touched. We have looked all over for him and today will search the crawlspaces on the third floor of our house, where my son's room and the cage are. Any suggestions on how to find him? We are very upset, especially my son...

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  • FrannyT - 2010-10-12
    I'm very glad to report that our hedgehog returned last night. On another hedgehog forum i read suggestions to put out a dish of food in every room where the hedgehog could conceivably be hiding, so that's what we did. Around 11:00 pm my son heard him eating in the unoccupied bedroom next to his. He was thin and seemed weak and his belly was cool, so my son took him into bed with him and after he warmed up he seemed back to normal. Later, when he was in his cage he was eating and drinking, so hopefully he will be fine. It's odd because the original food and water we left out for him was quite near where he was found, but maybe his sense of smell only goes so far.
  • Shirley - 2010-11-18
    My daughter just bought hers on Tues and last night it got out (its 2nd night ) we still didn't find him we will look more when she comes home from school. I thought that yours would come out at night. Good luck!!!
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John Stronge - 2010-09-18
Do mother hedgehogs feed their babies by regurgitation before they leave the nest box?

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Yakov - 2010-03-23
I live in Tampa, Florida and I want to buy a baby African Pygmy Hedgehog. Where do you buy the hedgehogs?

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  • Nancy - 2010-04-02
    I have a female adolescent that is very sweet, want to sell to someone with some basic knowledge and willing to spend the time to take good care of her. They cost about $150 retail; I will sell for $100. I live in Central Tampa. Post a reply back if you are interested please.
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Donna - 2010-03-21
My hedgie, Henrietta, who is blind (though I didn't know it when I got her as a baby) eats very little. After MUCH experimentation, I find she will only eat Ensure and canned ferret food. The problem is that she always manages to cover her food crocks in her bedding (Carefresh). Any ideas on how to prevent this. Thanks.

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