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25 Facts About Adorable Hedgehogs

By julieminer |

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I love hedgehogs. I really do. I think they are the cutest things in the history of ever. I even have a Pinterest board dedicated to them. And I’m not alone. Hedgehogs are becoming increasingly popular as pets, based on my highly unscientific research that included talking to friends, searching the interwebs, and the number of followers on my hedgehog board. There are tons of hedgehog products and even internet memes dedicated to their adorable awesomeness.

However, after doing some research, I was devastated to find out that I can’t have one. It’s illegal to own a hedgehog in the county where I currently reside, where there are strict laws about exotic pets. My children and I were in favor of selling the house and moving to a more right-thinking locality, but my husband said that was crazy.  He needs to rethink his priorities.

So without further ado, here are 25 facts about hedgehogs that everyone should know, particularly those people who are interested in having one as a pet.

Thanks to MillerMeade Farm for sharing pictures and information on their adorable herd of hedgehogs!

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Fun Facts about Hedgehogs

This hedgehog is named Kanye. YES HE IS.

The hedgehogs most of us have seen pictures of and want to adopt as pets are usually a variety of African Pygmy Hedgehog. Just like this little guy.
-National Geographic

photo credit: MillerMeade Farms.

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Julie W. Miner writes the blog Rants from Mommyland. She has three kids, a long-suffering husband, a very naughty dog and a geriatric, ill-tempered cat. In addition to blogging, she teaches at a college she couldn’t have gotten into because she made bad choices in high school. Read bio and latest posts → Read Julie's latest posts →

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7 thoughts on “25 Facts About Adorable Hedgehogs

  1. kim says:

    i was ready to trade my two kitty’s in until i got to the self-annointing part…..

  2. aLdz07 says:

    …that’s one of the coolest part of being a hedgehog owner…well,at first I didn’t like either…but after reading about…for me,it’s coolest and awesome behavior of the hedgie as I like to call it…

  3. Laurie L says:

    If you love hedgehogs you should become friends with Carlton Hedgie on Facebook!!

  4. Lee Ann says:

    Fresh fruit is not an everyday hedgehog food? tell that to the hedgehogs eating under my mulberry trees. they will eat as much fresh fruit as they can get their paws on.

  5. aLdz07 says:

    …that’s a wild hedgehog…captive breed and wild ones have different diet…fresh fruits and some veggies serve as treats for pet hedgehog…already sent a request to Carlton Hedgie…try looking for for other infos…

  6. Janet says:

    One of my favorite books as a child was “Miss Jaster’s Garden” by N.M. Bodecker. There’s an adorable hedgehog in it and I’ve always loved them from reading that book.

    Another author, Jan Brett, writes about hedgehogs too (children’s books). The illustrations in her books are fantastic.

  7. Sabina says:

    They are so cute! But please keep in mind, encouraging breeding encourages over breeding. Breeders consider them “inventory” and if any are not adopted will be disposed at the cheapest possible way which is often inhumane. Please reconsider your view on what will benefit these precious life forms.

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