African Pygmy Hedgehog

The African Pygmy hedgehog is the most common hedgehog kept as pets. The African Pygmy hedgehog is a hybrid of a four-toed hedgehog and an Algerian hedgehog. If you have a hedgehog, it’s probably an African Pygmy hedgehog. African pygmy hedgehogs can make a variety of sounds such as chirps, squeal, grunts, and hisses. Here’s the answers to a few questions you might ask about African Pygmy hedgehogs.

How do they look?

African Pygmy hedgehogs have long snouts, short quills and their bellies are covered in soft brown or white fur. A fully grown hedgehog is about 6-11 inches long and weighs about 510- 708 grams (18-25 ounces).

What about behavior?

If African pygmy hedgehogs are threatened they will curl into a ball and they will raise their quills. Normally their quills are laid down on their back. These hedgehogs depend greatly on the senses of hearing and smell to find food, because of their weak eyesight. They are also immune to venom of many animals, so they don’t have to worry about being bite from poisonous snakes.

What do they eat?

African pygmy hedgehogs are insectivores like other hedgehogs. They may also consume small mammals, amphibians, and reptiles such as frogs and snakes, they also eat eggs and inverberates like spiders and scorpions. They are immune to venom of many animals, so they don’t have to worry about snakes and other poisonous animals.

Tell me a little about hedgehog babies

African pygmy hedgehog’s gestation period is about 35 days long. The litter contains about 2-10 hoglets. They hoglets are born with soft white spines on their backs. Females can give birth several times a year.

Where do they live?

African pygmy hedgehogs are native to the savanna and desert areas in Africa. They are nocturnal animals, they sleep in burrows during the day and look for food at night. African pygmy hedgehogs are kept as pets in The United States, The United Kingdom and many other countries, too.

African pygmy hedgehogs live for 2-3 years in the wild and 8-10 years in captivity.

Did you know…

The Ancient Romans are thought to have celebrated a day called ‘Hedgehog Day’, similar to Groundhog day that in celebrated nowadays, to predict the coming of spring. Americans kept the tradition but changed the animal forecaster because there are no native hedgehogs to America.