African pygmy hedgehogs as a pet

In Europe, and particularly in the UK a new fashion must-have, in other words a fashion trend, it is now fashionable to have as a pet is not a hamster, and a hedgehog, and the smallest is the African pygmy hedgehog .

You could even say that in rainy and conservative Britain began booming – people queue to buy pocket hedgehog, many have to expect a fashionable pet for about a year.

Pygmy hedgehogs are attracted not only by their mischief, fun and pretty, these prickly little creatures, their size is only a quarter of the size of a normal hedgehog, quickly become accustomed to the owner and home, well-behaved and don’t carry no diseases, no fleas.

Tiny hedgehogs like being petted, and very rarely curl up into a protective, spiny ball.

For the first time these cute and funny animals started to breed just 20 years ago, and because of their rarity and unusual Brits are lining up to purchase this baby for a hefty price – 190 pounds, for a moment it’s about $ 300.

Breeders say that indeed African pygmy hedgehogs have become very popular in recent times, however, due to the fact that these tiny urchins not so often produce offspring, as we would like, them huge lines.

The popularity of African dwarf eicosapentaenoic the same charm, playfulness and fun, like hamsters or Guinea pigs, they are new and very unusual Pets, unlike the usual rodents.

For pocket hedgehogs easy to take care for and even cheaper than for example a cat. But do not forget that African pygmy hedgehogs, like any other hedgehogs are carnivores, so their diet must be meat and chicken.

Hedgehogs are nocturnal so their cages have to be the wheel to run at night, at night they are full of energy, they necessarily need a trainer.

First African pygmy hedgehogs brought in the U.S. about 20 years ago, crossing the Algerian hedgehog (Atelerix algirus) white-bellied hedgehog (Erinaceus concolor).

Hedgehogs are born pink, and then generally be chocolate brown, but there can also be a variety of skin tones, if the hedgehog is an albino.

The average adult African pygmy hedgehog weighs about 900 grams, and its growth is about 20 centimeters. The average lifespan of a hedgehog pocket – 3 to 5 years.