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spydergirl4594
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# Posted: 13 Mar 2004 04:13


Hey everyone! Today someone brought their hedgehog into my store and told us she couldnt take car eof it anymore,gave us his food, cage,everything. well,it is illegal to sell Hedgehogs in PA, so i got to take him home with me. I have a feeling the lady didnt have him setup right as she kept him in a 20 high tank with desert blend sand and only one log to hide in. i have since put him in a 15 long,with aspen and a box to hide and play in(he likes playing with it and dragging it all over) and a carboard tube he plays with. i know the 15 long isnt much better then a 20high,but it is all i have at the moment. i have looked all over and cannot find a decent caresheet for hedgehogs. all i have found is they can be fed catfood,they can eat insects(but how many and when?)they can play on solid surface hedgehog made wheels, and shouldnt be kept on cedar. does anyone here have any personal experience with hedgehogs? how did you keep yours? i have a plastic bottom cage with a wire top(old guinea pig cage,bigger then my 15 long) would that be suitable? i dont know anyone who keeps them either,so its not much help.anyways,id appreciate it i could get some help! thank you all!


-Sheryl
Brian
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# Posted: 13 Mar 2004 08:06


I can ask a friend who knows a lot about mammals if you need it although by then someone probably will have given you info.

Arn't hedgehogs the things that kill toads and rub the poison on their spines?

green_toad
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75 posts

# Posted: 13 Mar 2004 14:08 · Edited by: Moderator


[url]http://bbc.co.uk/northernireland/livingworld/tips/index.shtml
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http://pages.123-reg.co.uk/ron36-67716/www.hedgehogs,me.uk/id3.html

green_toad
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75 posts

# Posted: 13 Mar 2004 14:19


sorry I can't get the above links to work and for some reason it's not allowing me to edit them.
Try this one instead:
http://www.software-technics.com/bhps/#DIET

spydergirl4594
Member
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1607 posts

# Posted: 13 Mar 2004 16:18


lol,i dont plan on keeping my hedgehog in the garden though.that helped a bit with their natural environment,but i believe i have an african pygmy hedgehog. thanks alot though!


-Sheryl
green_toad
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75 posts

# Posted: 13 Mar 2004 19:49


http://coasttocoast.co.uk/hedgehogcs.htm

green_toad
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# Posted: 13 Mar 2004 20:25


just found another site which seems to be more informative than the coast to coast site.
http://www.geocities.com/ukhedgehogs/african-hedgehog.htm

Knot
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255 posts

# Posted: 13 Mar 2004 21:17


What you are doing is right, using aspen as bedding! And they eat cat food. Give it a good quality cat food!

And here, check out this website: http://www.petplace.com/Search/schFullText.asp?searchType=any&cboA nimalType=5&txtSearch=hedgehog&Go.x=7&Go.y=14

spydergirl4594
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1607 posts

# Posted: 14 Mar 2004 02:02


thanks so much guys!those sites helped a TON.


-Sheryl
Derek Benson
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# Posted: 14 Mar 2004 19:39


We have 2 at the zoo and they are a little grumpy. They are in these huge like metal water troughs with no tops. Theres blankets covering the metal to keep them safe, and aspen bedding. They also get a blanket to hide under and some pieces of big PVC pipe to crawl through. Never seen them out and about, because they are under the blanket and get pissy when I lift it up and start grunting. One's overweight and maybe that's common? One's light (the overweight guy) and maybe is albino? Never seen their eyes, haha, always hiding.


Derek Benson - Phyllomedusa/Hyperolius Enthusiast
Whitney
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2241 posts

# Posted: 15 Mar 2004 23:29


A little grumpy, Derek? Sounds cute, though. Are they on display for the public, or kept behind the scenes somewhere? We had a sloth like that at my zoo named Homer, and I would try to explain to people that he wasn't trying to say hello when he threw a claw full of broccoli at them.


<-- Say, can I have some of your purple berries? <--
spydergirl4594
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# Posted: 16 Mar 2004 01:15


aww i think thats so cute! My hedgie's making some progress but we had a weird episode tonight. e's been eating insects very well lately,so I thought I'd pick him up some of those Can 'O products. Well I picked up snails and grasshoppers. I got him to take a snail from my hand(yay hes getting used to me!),he licked it and ate it for a few seconds then BAM! he started going crazy. spinning in circles,digging, checking his privates and trying to lick his ears,but just got his head all slobbery. I was afraid he was choking,so i took the snail away and started to panic. Then he stopped,and sniffed around the cage for the snail again. I let him lick it one more time and he did the ear licking thing again. Then he walked around a little and plopped down randomly and slept. Does anyone have any insight on this?Are snails toxic or something? was he doing a happy dance? Im so confused! And so scared!i posted on a hedgehog board,I was just wondering if anyone of yous would know! thanks!


-Sheryl
Whitney
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2241 posts

# Posted: 16 Mar 2004 01:21



My rats are like that if I give them ham. I don't know about you and your hedgie, though...try the KS forum. Maybe it's like some sort of Hedgehog crack or something!


<-- Say, can I have some of your purple berries? <--
spydergirl4594
Member
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1607 posts

# Posted: 16 Mar 2004 03:52


ok,ive learned that they like to "anoint" themselves when they find a new taste or smell they like. they spit it up and lick it onto their quills,which was the ear washing thing i was talking about. apparently he liked them so much he wanted to smell like them! i was so scared,i thought he was having a seizure.


-Sheryl
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