There are no hedgehogs that are native in the Americas and Canada. In these counties, some people mistake them as porcupines for they also have quills on their backs and on their sides. A hedgehog is an insect-eating mammal that is found throughout the world but is basically native to Europe. The mammal and its species have been in existence for 15 million years and only little has changed in their evolution. Cute baby hedgehogs are sights to behold for they look innocent and playful. North America has especially embraced the habit of looking after cute baby hedgehogs as pets, and the most specie is that of the African Pygmy Hedgehog.
The average hedgehog of that kind found among household as pets have the following attributes:
- They weigh at approximately ½ to 1 ¼ pounds.
- They are about 5 to 8 inches long, about the size of a guinea pig.
- They may grow to as much as 2 pounds without the fat.
- Some weigh lightly to as little as 6 or 7 ounces only.
- Their required room temperature is around 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
- They can be fed with either a cat or dog food in chicken flavor, as well as raisins, nuts, and fruits. A specially formulated hedgehog food is also available in pet stores.
- A 20 gallon aquarium is an ideal habitat for a pet hedgehog so it cannot easily climb over the cage for the glass walls are slippery for them. It must have good circulation and free from direct sunlight.
The International Hedgehog Association has allowed the staging of beautiful shows and events that celebrate the amazing skills of African Pygmy Hedgehogs. The first ever hedgehog show took place in the United States at Tacoma, Washington on October 22, 1995.