The term “African Pygmy Hedgehog” is a descriptive term (coined by breeders), rather than a true species name. These mammals are the most adorable members the family Erinaceidae (mostly hedgehogs), even though it is filled with cute critters. You probably have seen one of these before or at least know how they look like. They are vaguely rodent-like mammals that have many small spines on their back. They can roll into a ball to protect themselves. This particular hedgehog has been domesticated, so you can have one for a pet without too much trouble. They are quite compact, reaching a size of around 5-8 inches in length.A hedgehog requires as much room as possible. Without room, a hedgehog will show signs of depression, such as excessive sleeping, refusal to eat, repetitious behavior, and self mutilation.Due to their small size obesity is a very dangerous problem and hedgehogs require a fair amount of exercise to avoid liver problems due to excess weight.They need a diet that is high in protein and low in fat. hedgehog is opportunistic and will eat many things, but the majority of the diet comprises insects.Hedgehogs are commonly allergic to wood oils.Estimates of expected life span vary widely, anywhere from 3-8 years, although 4-6 years is probably most typical.
African Pygmy Hedgehog (Atelerix albiventris)