What is an African Pygmy Hedgehog?

The breeding and domestication of hedgehogs first became popular in the 1980s. Breeders experimented with various wild species. The most popular domesticated breed is the African Pygmy Hedgehog, a hybrid between the white-bellied or four-toed hedgehog and the Algerian hedgehog all from the atelerix variety. which includes the somali sciateri hedgehog. The African Pygmy Hedgehog is bred exclusively in captivity and does not exist in the wild. It is smaller than any breed of wild hedgehog, weighing in between 300 and [...]

Bringing Your Pygmy Hedgehog Home

Hedgehogs, like any other pet, need to have the right environment in order for them to thrive. It’s important for their health and well-being that they have the right kind of Pygmy  Hedgehog cage, and that everything inside the cage is selected to be safe and comfortable. This chapter will go into detail about everything you need to get in order to keep your hedgehog happy. Cages The first thing you need to get before bringing a hedgehog into your house [...]

Handling Your Pygmy Hedgehog

When you bring your African Pygmy Hedgehog home, remember that relocating to a new environment can be stressful. Hoglets (baby hedgehogs) need a lot of sleep, so it’s important to make sure that they get enough. I believe that it’s important to handle your hoglet from day one, as this will help it to adjust to you and your home. It may also help to put a piece of clothing with your scent on it into the cage. Hedgehogs have [...]


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