African Pygmy Hedgehogs- Our Hoglets Are Highly Recommended By New Owners
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Hedgehog As A Pet
We Breed Our Wonderful Pet Hedehogs for quality and are an ethical breeder of pet hedgehogs. Our Pygmy Hog Babies are all raised in our family with children, cats & Dogs. We also raise them on a large variety of food, mainly organic and high quality kitten/cat food. You will find all the information here that you could possibly need and we also have the advantage that we work closely with our vet for advice etc.
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African Pygmy Hedgehogs are part of our family. We have been breeding pet hoglets since 2006 as a hobby and also hope to increase the availability and colours of these little treasures. We do not excessively breed our pets, this covers the cost of keeping them and giving them the best life. We have many testimonials from people who have bought our fantastic pets and are happy for you to view them when you visit.
They can make a fantastic pet especially for those who can not commit a large amount of time during the day to a new pet, or work full time. They sleep all day and wake up at night so a warm welcome when you get home late, also because they have spikes and not fur, people with allergies have purchased our Baby Hoglets as a pet.
African Pygmy Hedgehog
One of Our New Hedgies that we just couldnt let go, we know she will make a fab mum and pass on her lovely friendly nature! We breed various colours brown hedgehog, chocolate, snowflake hogs, apricot hoglets, champagne, pinto, high white pintos and white albinos. We do not have many each year so you can rest assured they all have lots of time put in to them and our children adore animals and the enjoyment of growing up with them.
This is a family run website, we are also a breeder of the popular Pet Hoglets. You will find all the information you could need on caring, housing, health, diet and all other aspects of hedgehog keeping. We have gained much of our experience from being hands on ourselves with our beautiful hedgies, please have a look through we are always adding new content that we feel will help you in all aspects of hedgehog keeping. We breed various colours. They can live can live for up to 8-10 years in captivity.
They are are a small exotic mammal from Africa, they have spines on top and lovely soft fur underneath. Please scroll down the page for more facts on the small mammal taking the UK pet market by storm or visit our For Sale Page
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Pet Hedgehog Facts
African Pygmy Hedgehogs are native to Africa with their habitat being dry savannahs and semiarid. They originated from there to the pet hedgehog market. They can be found in scattered groups from seneal in Western African to Southern Somalia and Tanzania on the continent's border. They have been kept as pets in America longer than the UK. Generally they weigh between 200 grams and 700 grams, we find that 250 grams to 600 grams is the average weight, a majority of ours being on the smaller end. Pygmy hedgehogs are normally around 6-8 inches long. They have a pointed snout with various colour face marks and dark eyes, although again eye colour does vary, in the albino african pygmy hedgehogs they have red eyes and the Apricots have ruby red eyes.
It may seem strange to some, but pygmy hogs have 4 toes on their back feet and 5 on the front. They have soft white/cream fur on their tummies and sharp spines on their side and backs, serving to fend off would be predators, once the hedgehogs are pets they will often put their spines down for their owners, although not all do this some pet hedgehogs keep their defence of spines raised up.
They seem to have an acute sense of smell and you can see their little noses sniffing everything out. Their sight is not as good as their smell. They are nocturnal, being asleep all day and waking when it becomes dark. They are incredibly active upon waking often running 5-10 miles in their exercise wheels and running around the cage, it surprises many how well they can climb and this risk has to be assessed when keeping them as pets.
Their lifespan is around 3 years in the wild and have been known to live upto 10 years in captivity, with 6 years being a mean average.
Pet Hedgehogs are solitary animals and do not need company, in fact in the wild many males will stay 50 feet or so away from other males, keeping two males together is a risk and they are likely to fight and seriously injure one another. Two females can be kept together but it’s not guaranteed they will get along and there is no need to keep two together, it is best if wanting two pet hoglets to house them separately.
As part of their defence they often roll into a ball, becoming a ball of spikes and spines, one will often find once they pick them up they will begin to uncurl in time and start to explore their surroundings. They often huff and click/pop which makes people jump, but remember it is part of their nature to keep themselves safe from harm. On occasion they have been known to scream.
They have a peculiar habit which is called self anointing, when they try something new or a new taste, they turn round and lick their back covering it with froth and the new item, I often find mine with great big red stains on their back from the red bell pepper they have eaten the night before.
I find by providing mine with a varied diet the babies eat everything and new owners don’t end up with fussy or picky hedgehogs. They love insects, cat food (without fish ingredients), vegetables and fruit.
Baby Hoglets begin quilling at around 8-10 weeks old, quilling is when they lose their spines and get new ones, often hedgehogs become quite unsociable at this stage, but this should pass within 4 weeks, it must be painful as it is like teething in that the spines have to break through the skin. You can apply aloe vera and coconut oil to help ease the discomfort of quilling.
They should be kept at a temperature of 23-24c, we recommend a minimum of 22c although every hedgehog is different as to what temperature they like, there are reptile radiators which are fantastic for warming one end of the cage up.
They should never be allowed to hibernate, this can kill them, if your pet ever gets cold warm them up with a warm towel or hot water bottle that is warm not hot, if you catch it early they should recover quickly.
Another irrelvant but interesting fact is the romans used their spikes as needles in their time.
African Pygmy Hogs do not carry fleas, they can sometimes carry mites but this is easily treated with a spot on medicine or we use stronghold prescribed by our vet