Hedgehogs are small spiny mammals that eat insects, frogs, berries, and even worms.
Unlike porcupines, their spines are fixed on their back so when they roll in a ball, they are prickly all over.
...they only roll into a ball as a last resort. They get along well with dogs and cats, and can be fed ferret or cat food; many pet stores even have hedgehog mixes.
Hedgehogs can be kept in a large cage, and need access to water, food, and a place to hide. And get a plastic (not wire) wheel because hedgehogs love to exercise!
Or...you can train a hedgehog to use a litter box and let it roam around a contained area of your house. But be warned, they will chew through electrical cords and gnaw on the soft wood of furniture.
Photo by wallpaperace
Reasons to have a hedgehog:
- they are hypoallergenic
- they are small
- they are quiet
Reasons not to have a hedgehog:
- they don't fetch or play games
- they may bite when upset
- they live only 3-5 years
Want to know more? The Exotic Pets ebook will tell you all the pros and cons of hedgehogs, ferrets, and more. Download yours now.
Below, check some different types of hedgehogs, and answer the question at the end...
Long Eared Hedgehog
African Pygmy Hedgehogs
Did you spot the albino hedgehog in the pictures above? I knew you would! :)
Want to see more about exotic pets? See my post here.