I have wanted a hedgehog for a while and debated about buying a baby or an older one that needed a new home. Last night I saw an ad on Craigslist for a hedgehog that the folks couldn't keep so they were rehoming him with his cage, food, toys, etc. for $50. He is about 18 months old and has not had any health issues.
So....we drove into San Antonio, TX (we live in a little border town called Del Rio, TX) and adopted him. We just made it home a while ago.
While I did a lot of research while thinking about whether or not to get a hedgehog - I feel like all that knowledge just went out the window (of course I AM tired). He is in a small cage and I know I'm going to want to give him a bigger cage and playtimes. I forget his food - I will check in later with the name of the brand. He hasn't had much for treats.
He appears to be in good health (his eyes are clear, etc) and during the 3 1/2 hour ride home he was in a box in my daughter's lap and would frequently poke around and look up at her. We put some toilet paper in the box with him and then stopped about an hour before we got home and I got him a washcloth too at Walmart so he'd have some fabric to cover him.
During the trip home I noticed he did poop and pee.
I will be putting him on bottled water and watching him for diaherrea due to stress from the move and I'm only going to be feeding him his normal food for a few days so that I can catch any problems that might arise.
I think I'm in love already. I will try to share a photo soon - I want to say he is chocolate but I can't tell for sure.
I'd love to hear any tips or stories or links to articles (although I've read a ton).
P.S. We are changing his name - I suspect it will become "Frank" after Frank Deveraux on season 7 of Supernatural. (We were also looking at Crowley, Sterling and Shepard - Crowley and Sterling are both characters played by Mark Shepard in Supernatural and Leverage).