Short facts

  • If your African Pygmy Hedgehogs has a dry skin you often can treat it with a bath containing oatmeal, olive oil, coconut oil or linseed oil. You can also put a few drop of these oil on their kibbles. Not too much because you don’t want your hedgehog to gain too much weight; one drop per 2 to 3 days is enough.
  • Is the skin flaky, dry and does it have red area’s? Than go to the chapter about their health.
  • African Pygmy Hedgehogs are solitary animals, which means that they don’t live together. Males can be very agressive to eachother. Females who are used to living together from an early age do accept eachother, but do bear in mind that it’s always a risk. Under the section ‘Cohabitating or not’ you can find more.
  • An African Pygmy Hedgehog has to be housed warm, so you can’t always take it outside. The warmer the better, so don’t take your hedgehog outside when it’s below 25 degrees Celsius and only when it’s dry outside!

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Behaviour & sounds

Cohabitating or not?

Males

Females

Anointing

Stress signals

Rolling up

Huffing

Click

Bite

Sounds

Positive sounds

Soft squeeks
Purr
Lock call
Slobbering

Negative sounds

Scream
Loud squeeks
Growl
Huffing/Clicking

My hedgehog, bathtime

How often?

Soaps & oils

Necessities

Video


Clipping nails, this is how you do it

How long should nails be?

Types of nail clippers

Handling

Different techniques in videos


Help, my African Pygmy Hedgehog is losing quills!

Different phases

0 to 12 weeks

6 to 8 months

Skin problems

Scouring mite

Internal issues