Do pygmy hedgehogs make good pets?
The RSPCA says the animals need to stay in an enclosure of between 24C and 30C. While the charity says hedgehogs are not suitable pets, it advises would-be owners to research the animal’s needs – and only consider keeping one if they can ensure they are fully able to provide for them.
Can you legally keep a hedgehog as pet?
It’s currently illegal to own a hedgehog in California; Georgia; Hawaii; New York City; Omaha, Nebraska; and Washington, D.C. Other states and cities may have specific restrictions or require a permit to keep one. It’s also illegal to transport hedgehogs out of Africa.
Can you own a hedgehog in Wisconsin?
Four-toed hedgehogs may legally be kept as pets. In New Jersey and Wyoming – a permit is required. In Wisconsin – an import permit from the state department of agriculture is required to bring a hedgehog into the state. In Fairfax County, Virginia – it became legal to keep hedgehogs as pets in 2019.
Can you keep British hedgehogs as pets?
No, our hedgehogs in the UK certainly do not make good pets. Hedgehogs are wild animals, and belong just there, in the wild. Some international species of hedgehogs have however, been domesticated so that they can be sold as pets in the UK.
Are pygmy hedgehogs smelly?
Hedgehogs are naturally pretty odorless animals. This means if you remove any environmental factors, they’ll never make much of a stink. This isn’t to say you won’t smell anything if you get close to them, but we would never consider it a “bad” smell. Instead, it’s more of a comforting organic scent.
Why is it illegal to own a hedgehog?
The African pygmy hedgehog is prohibited in Australia for a number of reasons including its potential to introduce exotic animal diseases and the species’ ability to become a serious invasive pest in Australia. The man received a $770 fine and criminal conviction as penalty for being in possession of the animal.
What is bad about hedgehogs?
Hedgehogs can carry some zoonotic diseases, meaning they can be transferred to people. One of the more popular diseases being Salmonella bacteria in their stool. This is why cleaning their cage safely is so important.