Animal Stories - African Pygmy Hedgehog

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   They have such a cute little face and you'll love their darling waddle!
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Kenny - 2012-06-08
I'm looking to get a hedgehog for a long time. Someone can help me where I can find one in Miami Fl THANKS

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  • Jesse V. - 2012-07-07
    I live in west palm beach, FL and have a beautiful 6 month old African Pygme Hedgehog. I bought it for my girlfriend but she just doesn't have the time to give her all the attention she deserves. If you have the necessary time to devote to her and are interested in owning her then let's talk. Thanks.
  • hazziq - 2012-08-17
    I have the hedgehog but I'm in Malaysia
jon - 2011-10-26
I have a pygmy and would love to watch her at night but soon as the light is on she goes into her bed is there a night light I can get?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-26
    Sure you can put any kind of a night light in there. I wouldn't put it directly by the cage but just in a place where not shining right at the fella. It is not that it has to be pitch dark or bright sunny. It is that it gets darker at night and lighter during the day. It is lighter outside with a full moon than no moon. It is the difference between the day and the night. So the room will natuarlly get darker at night absense of daylight but the night light would be similar to a moon or stars and not affect the little guy. Have fun.
  • Clarice Brough - 2012-01-15
    That is exactly the correct answer about the light Swanchai. Red lights are used for a number of animals to provide heat at night and to watch them.
  • Swanchai - 2012-01-15
    We have a lamp with a red light in our hedgehogs room. She doesn't like the regular light going on at night either but will happily roam her cage, eat and even run on her wheel when we're in there if the red light is on. I think that they can't see the red colour or something but you'd need to research that to confirm.
    Hope you enjoy you prickly baby as much as we do :D
doglodgeannie - 2010-11-19
I live in uk we have many wild hedgehogs in the area in which we live.
We feed them every night, have homemade boxes all around our back yard
we have a lovely big front garden we have at least 7 to 10 hedgehogs
every night and we may find maybe 5 hogs in the boxes come morning.
We sometimes keep babies in our house over winter because they are too small
to survive outside we have been doing this for over 5 years.

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  • Setria007 - 2011-03-12
    Where in the UK are you? Are you interested in selling any? I might be interested in buying one.
  • Saurus - 2012-03-22
    @setria. You can't buy a native hedgehog! They are wild animals and are actually protected. You should look into a breeder of an African Pygmy hedgehog, these are bred in captivity and are domesticated and actually legal.
kailey - 2011-07-06
Hi. I am thinking of buying a hedgehog anyone have any suggestions where to get them????

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-06
    You would buy a hedgehog from a breeder. This is one link for breeders on the Internet. There are quite a few so see if there is one local to you.
  • Ryan - 2011-11-24
    Don't buy one my flat mate has one and it stinks the flat out worse than a dog
  • Ashley - 2011-12-29
    I just got a hedgehog for Christmas. They are adorable little critters. They don't have any odor glands so as long as you clean the cage out often enough, they shouldn't smell. The person above me who said they smell horrible probably had that problem because the cage was dirty.

    Anyways, you want to make sure you get them from a reputable breeder. They will make sure your baby hedgie is free of genetic diseased and makes sure to keep them in healthy, sanitary conditions. The chance of your hedgie coming home sick will be diminished.

    Look online for breeders in your area. The hedgehog central link another person told you about is great. I also simply googled 'hedgehog' breeders in [insert your state here]. Make sure you do plenty of research to make sure they're the right pets for you. I love mine, and I would definitely tell other people who were considering a hedgehog to go for it!

    Best of luck with your hedgehog search.

    My hedgehog, Tiki, says hi!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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  • 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.
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?