Do female pygmy hedgehogs have periods?
Hedgehogs DO have a ‘heat,’ or estrus cycle, and are not entirely induced ovulators as had been previously thought. The cycle is typically about 9 days on, followed by 7 days off, but is not absolute.
How big does a pregnant pygmy hedgehog get?
Female pygmy hedgehogs do get larger as expected when they are pregnant, especially as they are carrying multiple babies, in fact, they could be carrying anywhere up to ten babies. I’ve seen many YouTube videos where the pregnant mother hedgehog is very large. How quickly does a Pygmy Hedgehog grow?
How long does it take an African hedgehog to grow?
Hedgehogs generally keep growing for about six months and compared to other hedgehog species the African Pygmy hedgehog (also known as the four toe hedgehog) reaches adulthood quite quickly and is sexually mature in as little as two to three months.
How can you tell if a hedgehog is overweight?
Bathing a pygmy hedgehog and seeing how they look when their spines and fur are flat is one way but the best way to see if they are overweight would be to weigh the pygmy hedgehog and then periodically repeat this to see if there is any change in weight.
What kind of diseases can a pygmy hedgehog get?
From what I’ve seen about obesity across many forums, it looks as though pygmy hedgehogs are quite prone to diabetes and the associated diseases are not something I would want any pygmy hedgehog to experience, so it’s important to control their diets to minimize any chances of getting diabetes.
What is the life expectancy of a pygmy African hedgehog?
Life Expectancy The small, oval African pygmy hedgehogs can live approximately a decade in captivity, although their lives are often much shorter, lasting only four to six years. In the wild, their relatively short lives are often dabbled with multiple matings — these small guys will breed once or twice per year given the proper climatic
What to feed an African hedgehog?
They eat considerable amounts of insects of any kind, especially underground ones, such as: Earth worms Slugs Snails Small vertebrates
Where can you buy pygmy hedgehogs?
Where to Purchase. Hedgehogs can be found in limited pet stores, through brokers at flea markets or animal sales, or they can be purchased directly from breeders. When buying animals, I recommend that you check out the source.
What are African hedgehogs called?
African pygmy hedgehog being held. The most common pet species of hedgehog are hybrids of the white-bellied hedgehog or four-toed hedgehog ( Atelerix albiventris) and the North African hedgehog (A. algirus). It is smaller than the European hedgehog , and thus is sometimes called the African pygmy hedgehog.
Why is there blood in my hedgehog’s cage?
Urinary Tract Diseases But sometimes hedgehogs develop a urinary tract infection or cystitis, both of which can cause the urine to be brown or bloody.