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    Written by Kelly Sosik-Hamor

    Before you get a hedgehog, it is important that you be sure they are legal in your city and state. Since laws are continually changing, it is best that you contact your state Fish and Game Commission and check your county regulations. We'll do our best to keep a running list of the restrictions placed on hedgehogs, however, please realize that our information may go out of date from time to time.

    Note that this list only pertains to the African Pygmy hedgehog and NOT to any other species of hedgehogs.

    Alaska - If you are shipping into Alaska, you need to call the state vet and ask about the local requirements.

    Arizona - As of December 2015, hedgehogs are legal in Arizona

    California - Hedgehogs are not legal at all.

    Georgia - Illegal to posses, but licensed breeding is allowed if the hedgehogs are sold out of state.

    Hawaii - Hedgehogs are not legal at all.

    Kansas - At the 12/2/2008 Board of Commissioners meeting, it was decided that hedgehogs would be allowed animals in the city of Lawrence, where previously they had been illegal

    Kentucky - If you are shipping into Kentucky, you need to call the state vet and ask about the local requirements.

    Maine - As of May 2017, hedgehogs are legal with no permit required

    Montana - In early 2005 there was a ban on importing hedgehogs into this state. The are supposed to be reclassified and to be imported again sometime in early summer ...
    Published on 07-13-2010 10:19 AM
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    Hedgehogs are any of 15 Old World species of insectivores. There are 3 Eurasian hedgehogs (genus Erinaceus), 4 African hedgehogs (genus Atelerix), 6 desert hedgehogs (genus Hemiechinus), and 2 steppe hedgehogs ...
    Published on 05-27-2010 11:06 AM
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    Written by Antigone Means-Burleson

    Hedgehogs are wonderful pets who are easy to care for! My first hedgehog joined the family in November of 1995 and since then the family has blossomed to about 50 permanent resident hedgies. We have also raised over 200 litters of babies. ...
    Published on 05-27-2010 08:20 AM
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    Unlike some animals, adult hedgehogs are quite easy to sex, as long as you know what you are looking for and are able to see the underbelly ...
    Published on 05-26-2010 09:45 PM
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    Hedgehogs have been a figure displayed in various forms of literature and media for thousands of years. Some accounts are close to realistic, some are quite comedic and exaggerated.

    Some of the earliest mentions of hedgehogs can be found in ancient Greek, Chinese, and English poetry and plays. The Greek lyric poet Archilochus wrote "The ...
    Published on 05-26-2010 09:41 PM
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    Written by Antigone Means-Burleson

    Some hedgehogs handle change very well, while others find it difficult to adjust to a new situation. Some hedgehogs never seem to notice anything even changed and take their move to a new home totally in stride. If your hedgehog ...
    Published on 05-26-2010 09:36 PM
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    Written by Antigone Means-Burleson

    Whether you have picked up your hedgie in person, or have had it shipped to you, we know that making it comfortable in its new home will be important to you! While each ...
    Published on 05-26-2010 09:30 PM
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    Written by Antigone Means-Burleson


    1.) Quarantine. Even hedgehogs that appear healthy can turn out to have some very nasty problems, like mites or internal parasites. You will ...
    Published on 05-26-2010 09:25 PM
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    Written by Antigone Means-Burleson

    All too often I see ads posted on the internet that say, "Having a baby, have to find a home for my hedgehog." From personal experience, ...