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Do Hedgehogs Make Good Pets?

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  • The type of domesticated hedgehogs kept as pets — African pygmy hedgehogs (a descriptive name, not a true species) — are different from their wild cousins
  • “Pet” hedgehogs require regular exercise, high-quality food (including live insects) and time outside their enclosure to explore and receive mental stimulation
  • Hedgehogs are nocturnal, which means they’re most active when you’re asleep, and can transmit diseases like salmonella
  • Unsocialized hedgies can and do bite (as do even the friendliest of hedgies at times), and if you startle or frighten her this may cause her to bite or roll into a tight, prickly ball, which makes handling difficult



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