Pygmy Hedgehogs

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African Pygmy Hedgehogs

African pygmy hedgehogs are natural omnivores in the wild, mostly eating small invertebrates like spiders and insects, as well as plants, small vertebrates and bird eggs.

Live insect food especially is an important source of enrichment for African pygmy hedgehogs – allowing them to carry out their natural foraging and hunting behaviour.

Pet hedgehogs are quiet, active, entertaining, and require a lot of care. They make great companion pets, however, as nocturnal animals, you will need to feed and care for them in the evening hours.  These would best suit someone with a 9-5 job.  Wood shavings or recycled paper make great bedding as do kiln-dried pine. But avoid cedar shavings, as the scent can be toxic to small mammals.

African pygmies like to exercise; in the wild, they travel great distances daily. Buy a running wheel for your hedgehog to get active. Buy an open-sided, solid-surface wheel that’s large enough (preferably bigger than 10 inches) to allow room for your hedgehog to run in place.


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Pygmy Hedgehog, Pygmy Hedgehogs – Taking 4+