With 17 different species of hedgehog in the world, the most common domesticated hedgehog is the nocturnal and solitary African Pygmy Hedgehog. But director of Africa Geographic Travel, Christian Boix, was lucky enough to see one in the wild on a recent trip to coastal Kenya.
The most common species of domesticated hedgehog is the African pygmy hedgehog, a hybrid of the white-bellied or four-toed hedgehog (Atelerix albiventris) and the Algerian hedgehog (A. algirus). It is smaller than the European hedgehog, and thus is sometimes called African pygmy hedgehog. Other species kept as pets are the Egyptian long-eared hedgehog (Hemiechinus auritus auritus) and the Indian long-eared hedgehog (Hemiechinus collaris).
Day 16 // Hedgehog // Spiny mammals belonging to subfamily Erinaceinae. Most common species of domesticated hedgehog is the the African pygmy hedgehog, a hybrid of the four-toed and Algerian hedgehog. Spines are hollow hairs stiffened by keratin. Are commonly allergic to wood oils. #100daysofanimals #animalfriends #woodlandanimal #100dayproject #cute #hedgehog #illustration #drawing #hedgehogsofinstagram #gouachepainting #pastels #missymessyartventures #cottoncandy #fairyfloss
WHAT THE MAIN MEAL OF A DOMESTICATED HEDGEHOG SHOULD BE - If you can find commercial hedgehog food at a local pet store, make this the mainstay of your pet's diet. If you're unable to find commercial hedgehog food, look for dry cat food that is low in fat and high in protein. Offer 4 tablespoons of hedgehog dry food or dry cat food per day. Also, give your pet access to fresh drinking water using a water dish or water bottle.