• Behavior and Handling

    Published on 02-16-2011 05:29 PM
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    The obsession of the hedgehog for the most popular toy, a simple toilet paper tube, has raised many eyebrows and created some interesting theories to explain this odd behavior. Many of these theories can create heated discussions, and some seem plausible. ...
    Published on 05-27-2010 12:50 PM
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    Written by Laura Tong

    An important thing to remember when giving this test is that not all hedgehogs are going to score all one number. However, a well done test should leave MOST animals with scores ...
    Published on 05-27-2010 12:48 PM
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    Written by Laura Tong

    To administer this test you will need a relatively quiet area where you can work with the hedgehog(s) you are wanting to test. You will also need someplace you can safely set the animal(s) down, a book to drop, or even better a pan you can bang, (something to make a startling noise), and you may prefer a chair to sit in for part of the test.

    The order of the test is as follows:

    * A. Pick animal up from cage
    * B. Hold in hands or lap while sitting quietly until animal unrolls or for up to two ...
    Published on 05-27-2010 12:46 PM
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    Written by Laura Tong

    So why are we doing all this messing around with temperament testing? There are several reasons, but ...
    Published on 05-27-2010 12:43 PM
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    It is unknown exactly why hedgehogs self annoint, though there are several possible explanations. They may be trying to disguise their scent with ones less ...
    Published on 05-27-2010 12:40 PM
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    Through careful breeding by responsible hedgehog breeders, temperament of pet hedgehogs has improved dramatically since hedgehogs first entered the North American pet market in the ...
    Published on 05-27-2010 12:37 PM
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    Written by Antigone Means-Burleson

    It's not unusual to hear new hedgehog owners complain that their hedgehog doesn't like them. It's important to remember that hedgehogs ...
    Published on 05-27-2010 12:35 PM
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    Written by Antigone Means-Burleson

    Some people believe that a hedgehog's temperament is all in it's genes, while others steadfastly insist that it all ...
    Published on 05-27-2010 12:33 PM
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    Written by Antigone Means-Burleson

    Over the years, we've made a lot of observations about how the weather can influence hedgies. ...
    Published on 05-27-2010 12:32 PM
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    Written by Antigone Means-Burleson

    Although they look awkward and have feet that definitely don't look made for climbing, hedgehogs are notorious escape artists. It's certainly a terrifying ...
    Published on 05-27-2010 12:25 PM
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    Like all pets, hedgehogs have some common behavioral tendencies that a potential owner needs to be aware of when considering a hedgehog as a pet. An owner who is familiar with what to expect from a hedgehog often falls in love with their quirky quilly pet, while an unsuspecting owner may be completely ...
    Published on 05-27-2010 12:24 PM
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    The first step to handling a hedgehog is learning to pick it up with as little stress and pain to either of you as possible. The best way to pick ...