Hedgehogs for Sale
Hedgehogs are very social, fairly vocal, and quite communicative, depending on species. Most domesticated species of hedgehog are actually hybrids of the white-bellied hedgehog or the four-toed hedgehog and the North African hedgehog. They are relatively small, so small they are even sometimes called African pygmy hedgehogs. Some other kinds of hedgehogs kept as pets are very few kinds of the long-eared hedgehog. They have small spines that cover their backs and will only usually come out if a hedgehog is shedding baby spines and replacing them with adult spines or if they are extremely stressed out, such as when they are very sick. The hedgehog is known for its spines and its defense mechanism of rolling up into a ball, spines out. They can live up to 2 to 5 years with proper care.
Hedgehogs mainly like to eat dry food, insects such as mealworms, and perhaps a treat of fruit, but not every day. Also, there are dry hedgehog food formulas that are high in protein, such as SunSeed Vita Prima, that can make a great daily diet. You can feed them peas, beans, corn, carrots, grapes, and apples in small amounts, as well.
Seeing as they are very active pets, hedgehogs need a big cage and plenty of space for exercise and play. Large enclosures at least a few feet in length work well, with space enough for a litter box, exercise wheel, bowls for food and water bottle, a hiding place, and plenty of toys. You may also supply a playpen outside of the habitat for playtime with their caretakers. Pet-safe paper, pulp, or pellet bedding is ideal. Hedgehogs are very curious pets as they will often search a tube (such as a bathroom paper tube or paper towel tube) knowingly get their heads stuck, and walk around with the tube on their head! Pet owners call this "tubing" and like to supply the hedgehog with cut tubes so its head does not get stuck against its will. Some hedgehogs even like to swim or float in their balled up form when given the chance and with close supervision.
Are Hedgehogs Right for Me?
A hedgehog can be a wonderful addition for someone who wants a unique and entertaining pet. They are not messy or aggressive, are easy to care for and easy-going! These nocturnal creatures sleep a large part of the day away and like to hide while they sleep, making them good pets, though, for pet owners who are home in the evening and at night. Proper handling will do a lot to ensure a friendly relationship! Plus, they can be quite vocal! Hedgehogs will communicate with you through squeaks, grunts, and sniffles.
At Uncle Bill’s Pet Center, we not only offer Hedgehogs for sale, we also employ a highly trained staff that can assist you in building an appropriate habitat for your new pet, and educate you on the proper care of the animal—making sure you get the most out of your pet ownership adventure!