Hedgehogs are originally native to Europe and Africa. They are nocturnal and enjoy a omnivores diet (primarily insects) which has made them a favorite form of pest control among gardeners. Their primary defence mechanism is their 5000-6000 quills that cover their entire back. If threatened, the hedgehog will roll up in a ball defer would be predators. Hedgehogs can run up to 4.5 miles an hour and are able to swim short distances. They have a lifespan of 4-7 years. The gestation period is 34-58 days usually producing a litter of 3-6 newborns.
Is it legal to own a Hedgehog?
Yes, for the most part. They are legal in all parts of Canada and the US except:
California, Georgia, Nebraska, New York City, and Fairfax County, West Virginia.
As for the UK, they legal. Although, wild hedgehogs have been declared endangered, in which it is illegal to own or kill a wild hedgehog.
What kind of pet does a hedgehog make?
Hedgehogs make great clean low maintenance pets, they can also be trained to use a litter box and can go completely cageless like a cat or does. Which, makes them the perfect pet for a small apartment. They love to play and are active at night, as they are nocturnal. Since they are exotic animals they require you to pay them plenty of attention and play with them at night. This will help instill a bond that will cause the usually shy and defensive creature to open up into a playful and loving hedgehog. The only real problem new owners find is that they sometimes bite due to new situations/people but other than that it is a rare occurrence.
How do I care for a hedgehog?
Where can I get one?
Hedgehogs have recently gained enough popularity that you can now purchase them at many local pet stores. But, if your pet store doesn't carry them you can always purchase that through a breeder over the internet. When purchasing a hedgehog you can be looking to spend anywhere from $150 - $300 USD.