Common name - African Pygmy Hedgehog
Latin name - Atelerix albiventris
Country of Origin - Africa
Sex - Female
Adult size - 20-25cm 300-500g
Average Lifespan - 3-6 years
Care level - Beginner to Intermediate
Description - African pygmy hedgehogs are solitary animals and should not be housed together. They are nocturnal and can become very active on their exercise wheel at night time. They are fairly low maintenance pets as they can be litter trained. It is important that they are kept in a warm enclosure above 20 degrees so they do not hibernate. We recommend a well vented vivarium with a heat source. Daily handling will help your hedgehog become tame.
Cleaning - Clean out litter tray daily and clean out enclosure at least once a week and disinfect.
Shopping list - Vivarium/terrarium or indoor cage, Heat source, Thermometer, Paper Bedding, Food, Food bowl, Ceramic Water bowl, Hide, Litter tray, Litter, Litter scoop, Giant exercise wheel, Disinfectant
African Pygmy Hedgehog male
African Pygmy hedgehog mix or high quality meat based cat food, supplemented with mealworms, crickets and locusts. They can also have some fruit e.g apple, banana, melon and vegetables e.g broccoli, carrot, cauliflower. Fresh clean water daily.