African Pygmy Hedgehog
African pygmy hedgehogs have become very popular as pets in recent decades. African hedgehog or four toed hedgehog is a hybrid of two species of wild hedgehogs.
Externally, the African pygmy hedgehog is similar to the wild hedgehog, but much smaller in size. The upper part of the hedgehog’s body, like that of all its fellows, is covered with spines. By the way, when the hedgehog is in a good mood and relaxed, his quills are not prickly at all, they are soft. And the hedgehog has soft fur on his face and belly, shiny, curious beady eyes, a pointed nose, round ears, a short tail and very touching tiny paws with claws.
The hedgehogs of this breed are perfect pets. Keeping this small mammal is inexpensive and they don’t need to be taken outside for a walk.
From the age of 15 days, the hedgehog can be taken in the arms, accustoming them to the owner. Do not be surprised if the hedgehog licks your hands, so he remembers your smell. Hedgehogs are friendly – they recognize and love their owner. However, the hedgehog is a nocturnal animal, and its active life begins when you go to bed.
How long do African pygmy hedgehogs live?
African hedgehogs, unlike wild hedgehogs, do not hibernate, so they must live in warmth, otherwise, they can die in cold temperatures. They also live much longer than wild ones, 8-10 years, some even 12 years.
What do you need for an African pygmy hedgehog?
1. Hedgehog Hous
A large spacious cage or aviary. If you let your pet out for a walk around the apartment, only under your supervision. The hedgehog can get tangled in wires, crawl into a dark corner under a cupboard or run away altogether. Therefore, it is better to put him to live in a cage, on the floor of the cage pour wood or paper shavings.
What do pet hedgehogs eat? Dry food for kittens must be of the highest quality (super-premium class or holistic). Additionally, it is very important to feed insects: crickets, cockroaches, bugs, caterpillars, and worms. Also, hedgehogs eat lean meat (beef or chicken), finely chopped or as minced meat. hen and quail eggs can be given both raw and boiled. It is strictly forbidden to give milk and dairy products to hedgehogs.
Keep the temperature warm (25-27 degrees Celsius). It is very important your hedgehog never gets cold.
4. Hedgehog Wheel
The hedgehog is an active animal in the wild. It spends a lot of time on the move, exploring the area or looking for food. To keep your little friend from gaining too much weight in the absence of the need to hunt, get him a running wheel, where he will spend extra energy. To make sure his nighttime exercise doesn’t disturb your sleep, look into a silent running wheel for hounds.