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to keep a running list of the restrictions placed on hedgehogs, however, please realize that our information may go out of date from time to time.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 - Only legal if you can meet very strict requirements and obtain a permit (which, as I understand it, is impossible to get)
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 - Maine requires both an importation and a possession permit. Contact the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife listed below for more information.