With this research we collect weights and sort them to gender, age and color to create guidelines for beginning breeders and owners. That way they know how their hedgehog should grow and what weight to expect at a certain age. Even though weight is not a solid line for health, it does help owners and breeders to see if their hedgehog is below of above average and adjust the diet and care of their hedgehog.
The research also helps us to see which colors tend to be smaller and if there is any difference between males and females. This together with the health research helps us to spot weaker colors that might have more issues and thus helps us see the general health of the species.
Creating guidelines for weight and give insight on general weight over time
How can you help
You can fill out the submission form to send us the weight of your hedgehogs and tell us their colors and ages.