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African Pygmy Hedgehog
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African Pygmy Hedgehog
They have such a cute little face and you'll love their darling waddle!
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Siobhan, 9 years old, England
He'll be very pleased if you give him cat food and grubs, if he's all right and not injured. Don't touch him since he's a wild animal, and it would be cruel to do otherwise. Hedgehogs rock, they are really fascinating!
I have got 2 hedgehogs, one salt anf pepper colour called Mr Moose and a cinnicot colour called Apricot, we have had them for nearly a year now, and i love them. They are great pets and so much fun, they both love playing around the house with their balls. We put them together a couple of weeks ago and we think the Apricot is pregnant, so how exciting hopefully soon we will have little hoglets.
I got sisters, Sugar (white) and Spice (brown) for Christmas 2004. They lived with out trouble in the same cage. They were perfect pets for me because I'm nocturnal too. Sugar was my cuddler and Spice was my hisser. On August 12, 2006 about 5:30 A.M. after playing, I gave them food and then I went to bed. It wasn't until around 2 P.M. I noticed something wrong with Sugar. Somehow she had broken one of her back legs (probably fell after climbing up the cage side) and the bone had ripped through her skin. She had lost allot of blood and went into shock. She died as a result of her injuries. Spice raced around looking for her sister for days. Then she got very quiet and stopped eating. Even though she was in good health she grieved to death within a week. They were wonderful friends and I miss them.
I have had my female hedgehog for over 3 years now and she has been amazing from the start. She is one of the few hedgehogs that i have seen that loves cuddling, she is super freind and almost never spikes up! The one problem that i will be fixing soon is that her ears are falling apart, but she is the cutest and friendliest hedgehog ever!!
I live in Israel and I have African Hedgehogs all around my home during the summer-- I mean outside. There are a few varieties here, even a desert spiecies. In addition to being insectivores, they re said to attack poisonous snakes. Some people keep them in pens in there gardens in the settlement I live in. I don't like to pick them up with my hands because they seem to carry ticks. But I love seeing them wobble around in the streets when I do my nightly walk!
I have had hedgehogs since 1996, all with different personalities, from snugglies to huffies. They are wonderful little pets. They love they runabout balls and wheels. Add to your list of BAD states for hedgehogs, Pennsylvania- you cannot ship there or own there legally. There was a state law put into effect seveal years ago, if they are found they will be confiscated and euthanized.
My hedgehog, named Basil, is salt and pepper and only one year old. He loves to snuggle and explore, and doesnt bite. They are really easy to take care of and the most different animals I have ever seen.
i used to have a hedgehog, named "mr.tiggywinkle" from the hedgehog mrs. tiggywinkle from beatrix potter. i remember, one day, i must have been 4 years old, i was playing in my bedroom, bored because i had no pet to play with (i had recently lost my hamster and was quite down about that). i remember my dad came home from work, with a 20 gallon tank and a few toys in it, inquisitive, i looked in thinking it was a hamster. after a little while, my dad lifted a piece of bark and there was a little hedgehog! i instantly remembered the beatrix potter story and named him mr. tiggywinkle. for years, he was my best buddy and i always played with him (my parents told me that the second night i had him, i was up all night watching him play in the dark ) after a few years, my parents decided to "lend" my hedgehog to my cousin. i hardly saw him since and missed him a lot i got him back a few years ago, because my cousin could no longer take care of him. after a year or so, he died peacefully in his sleep. RIP mr. tiggywinkle
I got my hedgehog a year ago May. She is a salt&pepper hedgehog and her name is Tortilla (named after the salty, bumpy chip). I LOVE my hedgehog alot and I love to watch her explore.(They also like to explore outside). Anyway before you buy a hedgehog you should know that they really do not like to be cuddled, most do not mind being picked up though. They need to stay warm so I highly suggest using pieces of Flease blankets in their sleeping area, never use towels. They are more of a watching pet and they no not mind crawling over you, but they are not like a cat or hamster that you can just hold and pet. I think it is importent to know that and I would not recommend kids under 12 get a hedgehog. Trust me I know because I was 14 when I got mine, and they are not 'cuddley' pets. So if you are thinking about getting a hedgehog know that you must except them for what they are, not what you want them to be or a hedgehog is the wrong pet for you.
I got my hedgehog like two weeks ago. He's an Albino and his name is Parker. He's grown very attached to me, we even take naps together and I love the way he walks. I think that he thinks he's a cat because sometimes he hisses and eats cat food but he loves it when I show him off to other people.