African Pygmy Hedgehog genetics

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Welcome to the African Pygmy Hedgehog genetics course!



This course teaches you about the basis of genetics, the discoverer of basic genetic inheritance forms and goes on into teaching you about how genetic calculations are made. It will also teach you about genetic mutations within African Pygmy Hedgehogs specifically, the resulting colors and the use of EMS codes and how to combine everything in this course for future use as a breeder of the species. You will get plenty of practice material in the form of online practice sheets built into the course.



Chapter 1: Basis of genetics
In this first chapter you will learn about the basis of genetics. The difference between genotype and phenotype, dominant and recessive inheritance as well as more complicated inheritance forms. This information will steam you ready for the rest of the course and is a chapter you can review before enrolling. The chapter ends with a small quiz made out of 9 questions, which is an ungraded quiz.


Chapter 2: Genetic calculations
The next chapter will first focus a little more on the person who discovered inheritance forms and influenced the way we look at genetics even today. We will also explain why other forms of inheritance are somewhat contradictions to the discoveries made by that person and how we can use that information today. Following a lesson about how you can use genetic information to calculate genes over generations. The last two lessons in this chapter are made out of practice sheets to practice genetic calculation, starting with easy single-mutation calculations and later on using combined genetics. That way you can practice skills you will need further into the course. The chapter closes with a quiz made out of … questions and is an ungraded quiz.


Chapter 3: African Pygmy Hedgehog genetics
In the third chapter we dive into genetics of African Pygmy Hedgehogs, starting off with the base mutations that cause all of the colors and patterns in the species. We explain the difference between colors and patterns and how they work and can be combined together. Followed by a lesson that teaches you about the combined genetic mutations causing all of the colors and patterns within the species and lastly a lesson that combines this new information about the genes with genetic calculation. This way you do not just learn about genetic calculations in general, but also teaches you to use those skills when using hedgehog genetics, recreating real life situations to resolve. The chapter ends with a quiz made out of … questions and is an ungraded quiz.


Chapter 4: Ready for the future
The last chapter focuses on using your new information within the breeding community in the most effective way. Starting off with a lesson about genetic evolution in captive species, followed by two lessons about Easy Mind system Codes (EMS codes), explaining how you can use codes instead of color names and how you can use those to make genetic mutation strings for genetic calculations. This is useful especially in pedigrees that use EMS code systems. The chapter ends with a quiz made out of … questions and is ungraded.


Practice sheets

After all of the lesson chapters, we use one chapter for extra practice sheets. These are lessons that repeat all of the previously covered information and can help to practice before doing the final exam. Use these sheets well, because it does help remembering the information past doing the course and can help putting your new skills to good use in your own breeding. The chapter does not have a quiz at the end and the chapter is not mandatory to complete for the course.


Final exam

The final exam is made out of 10 true/false questions, 4 multiple choice questions, 9 single choice questions and 9 open questions. The exam takes approximately 20 minutes to complete and you need a 70% score to pass for the exam, making you credible for the certificate. You have 2 hours time to complete the exam.



You can earn a certificate upon getting a passing score of 70% or higher on the final exam in the course. The certificate is not officially recognized, but can be used to widen your knowledge and always looks good on your Curriculum Vitae. You can also upload it to your account on THP Registry if you are a registering breeder on the platform.