The Hedgehog Program is all about research! At this moment we have three main projects. The projects are explained on this page, but our database works offline only, to maintain a good secure environment to work in and to prevent information leaks. You can find our research sheet on the website in the News sections (Research sheets) or on Judith’s Academia profile.


Hedgehog genetics

Sine the species has been imported from Africa t be distributed as a pet, there’s never been any research towards their genetics. It’s the main part for breeders to be able to breed on color, but also to be ale to research if there are any lethal genes or colorspecific weaknesses. Having some insight on how healthy our species is, is crucial for longterm good husbandry. That is why our genetics research became our first research on The Hedgehog Program. It’s not an imported research on it’s own, but together with the other projects we can do a lot more to improve out species health and husbandry worldwide.

Health

We all know that hedgehogs can live anywhere from 4 years old up to 8 years and sometimes even a bit longer. But, what if the age goes up or down due to breeding? Is out average lifespan still correct or has it changed over time? What about the issues they get when they get older? Or are there any issues found more commonly in a certain color or is it all just bad luck? This is what we want to research in this project about their health. With age and circumstance of deceased hedgehogs, we can determine the average lifespan, age related issues and colorspecific weaknesses.

Weight gaining

The researches about the weight gaining in hedgehogs, is to make a guideline for beginning breeders and new owners that might want to compare weight gaining. It also helps us to determine how their body works in certain situations. A pregnant hedgehog might gain weight but they often drop in weights as we, but why? Nobody seems to really know, which is why we want to find out! With weight information on hedgehogs with their age and color, we can make a guideline for pregnant hedgehogs, hoglets, adults and seniors.