The Best Pet Test

This fun test is designed to introduce topics to potential hedgehog owners to ensure a hedgehog is a good choice as a pet. I live where exotic pets are illegal but I doubt I will get caught. exotic pets are illegal but it is unlikely that I am going to have a problem... Read More
Preparing For Power Outages

Preparing For Power Outages

Potential Need for Back-up Heat One must always be prepared for a power outage if you live in an area that’s temperature gets cold or cool in the winter. Power outages for long periods in cool weather can be just as dangerous as short power outages in extreme... Read More

The Hedgehog Owner Test

Questions Hedgehogs kept as pets in the United States are the domestic “pygmy” version of the wild European hedgehog. a hybrid of the Algerian and White Bellied African hedgehog. cousins to the American Porcupine. endangered in their native countries and captive bred... Read More

Hedgehogs & Other Pets

 According to Lianne McLeod, DVM, former About.com Guide, “African pygmy hedgehogs are pretty well-equipped to defend themselves from other pets and seem to tolerate other pets quite well.” A huffing and puffing ball of prickles may intimidate some cats and dogs,... Read More

Pet History

 History in the United States The first recorded hedgehog in the United States was a female European hedgehog displayed at the New York Zoological Society in 1900. In 1946, the New York Zoo imported a long-eared hedgehog from Cyprus. The African species are smaller... Read More
Daily Monitored Feeding

Daily Monitored Feeding

Overview There are many differences in opinion whether hedgehogs should be free-fed or should have daily monitored feeding. There are some people that firmly believe hedgehogs should have food in front of them at all times and that hedgehogs will not over-eat.... Read More
Ears & Hearing

Ears & Hearing

Ear Description and Hearing Hedgehogs have large ears and have an excellent sense of hearing, making them alert to their surroundings. Unfamiliar sounds or loud noises can cause hedgehogs to react by huffing and ducking their heads, in defense. Hedgehogs can become... Read More
Eyes & Sight

Eyes & Sight

Hedgehogs are born blind and have small bead like eyes. Sight Hedgehogs have a poor sense of sight.  This is probably due in part to their burrowing nature. Compared to humans, and even dogs and cats, hedgehogs have limited binocular vision. They have a hard time with... Read More
Nose & Smelling

Nose & Smelling

Keen Sense of Smell Hedgehogs have a keen sense of smell that is very useful to them in search of food and detecting danger. Their nose is warm and moist and a curious hedgehog will have their snout in the air sniffing, in order to gather information from it’s... Read More
Small Oddities

Small Oddities

Forehead Furrow or Reverse Mohawk There is a natural part on the forehead of the hedgehog where there are no spines.  This natural bald spot is normal and is in no way related to the presence of mites or injury. A hedgehog can raise it’s forehead spines, when it... Read More