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  • Behavior
    Behavior African Pygmy Hedgehogs exhibit many different behaviors. Normal and positive behavior indicates a hedgehog that is well kept, healthy and stress free. Negative behavior can indicate stress, pain or an unsafe feeling. Abnormal behavior is behavior that indicates health problems, severe stress, or extreme pain. NORMAL AND POSITIVE BEHAVIOR Walking Hedgehogs normally walk quite low on their legs. They walk straight and show no stress or pain. Run African Pygmy Hedgehogs run high on their legs. Often from the food bowl to their hiding place.…
  • Care
    Care Changing the stay is of course very important, but with what means do you do that and how exactly does that work if you have to disinfect. Of course you also have to check your hedgehog daily, so what do you pay attention to? And what is the easiest way to cut the nails of an African Pygmy Hedgehog? How often do you actually go to the vet and what do you get checked out? Should you still be looking at an exotic vet? These…
  • Diet
    Diet Natural diet of an African Pygmy Hedgehog African Pygmy Hedgehogs are native to the semi-deserts of Central Africa, called the Sahel. This area runs from Somalia to Senegal and the natural habitat of an African Pygmy Hedgehog even slopes slightly down towards Zambia. Because the semi-deserts do not have very many edible plants, an African Pygmy Hedgehog feeds mainly on insects and sometimes small prey such as birds, rodents and reptiles. If they come across an edible fruit, they certainly won't pass it up, but…
  • Handling
    Handling African Pygmy Hedgehogs are prey animals. This means that they soon regard strange noises, movements, smells and therefore people as a danger. To deal with this properly, as an owner you can already do a lot to prevent or at least minimize defensive behavior. In the chapter “Behavior” you can read more about defensive behavior. There are several ways to deal with this when picking up an African Pygmy Hedgehog. PICK UP FROM THE VIV During your stay, you prefer to take into account that…
  • Health
    Health OVERWEIGHT AND OBESITY African Pygmy Hedgehogs are very sensitive to fat storage and so they become overweight and even obese quite quickly. This is often due to improper nutrition, lack of exercise or underlying health problems. A little bit of overweight isn't harmful, but when it gets too much and tends to be obese, it can cause many different problems. Fat eyes, diabetes, fatty liver and friction between skin flaps are just a few examples. But overweight and obesity can also be caused by diabetes,…
  • Housing
    Housing The housing of an African Pygmy Hedgehog is the basis of all further care and is therefore very important! In this article we explain the minimum size of the stay and what types of accommodation and materials are suitable. We also explain how you can provide heat and ventilation, what kind of ground cover plants are suitable, how you can ensure sufficient movement and enrichment and how you can make the design so that it is fully suitable for the needs of an African Pygmy…
  • Preperation
    Preperation Day or night person African Pygmy Hedgehogs are real nocturnal animals. This means that they are really active at night and generally do not wake up during the day. An African Pygmy Hedgehog is therefore better suited for people who have time to take care of the hedgehog in the evening. You can wake them up during the day, but many hedgehogs do not appreciate them. Unity Because African Pygmy Hedgehogs can be very defensive, most hedgehogs are also very grumpy. This means that they…
 
 
 
 

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