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Name: Pot Belly Pig
Experience Needed: Research should be done before purchase but relatively easy
Diet: A proper Swine feed not to high in fat. Fresh Vegetables and Fruits.
Temperament: Will vary by individual but are usually quite nice
Environment:Have Heard of them being kept in apartments but they can grow quite big.
Family: Not recommenced near very small children.
Notes: Pot Belly Pigs are a very popular pet now. Many people have found them to be a great companion. Just remember when a breeder sells you a "teacup" pig it will not stay that size forever. It will grow into a nice size adult pig.
Experience Needed: No true experience is needed, but the owner must have down their research on the species and be patient and very dedicated.
Origin: The common "pygmy hedgehog" or "African pygmy hedgehog" is actually a hybrid of two African hedgehog species; they are not found in the wild.
Diet: High quality cat kibble - organic/holistic foods are best. Keep the protein-fat ratio around 30%-12%. They will eat 1-2 tablespoons of this every night. The diet should be supplemented by various treats, including but not limited to: Mealworms, crickets, cooked unseasoned meats, various vegetables and fruits. These are fed in moderation.
Colors: There are two types of colors; white-bellied and algerian. Algerians can be identified by their darker colors, cheek patches, "boots", and heavy mottling. The picture to the far right is a white bellied grey, the picture to the far left is our male, an algerian dark grey pinto-snowflake with a exceptionally large mask. Albinos do occur on both but it is impossible to tell which the animal is. The two colors are incompatible when bred together and the colors in the offspring will remain either-or.
The two different types of base colors, from darkest to lightest -
White bellied base colors: Salt n' pepper, dark grey, grey, chocolate, brown, cinnamon, dark cinnicot, black-eyed cinnicot, ruby-eyed cinnicot, champagne, apricot, pale apricot.
Algerian base colors (when saying the color, place Algerian before it; for example, algerian black): Black, dark grey, grey, chocolate, brown, cinnamon, dark cinnicot, cinnicot, champagne, apricot, pale apricot.
Many hedgehogs are sold as "salt n' pepper", but the truth is that salt/peppers and blacks are the two rarest base colors there are, and salt/peppers are extremely rare. In fact the most common base color is grey.
There are also several patterns which occur on both types.
Snowflake is much like roan in horses, white quills sprinkled throughout the coat. Some snowflakes have special names.
Whites are extreme snowflakes which possess almost 100% white quills, colored quills only to the forehead area. Double whites are those animals with 100% white quills.
Pintos have splotches of white quills. There are several different specially named and sought-after pinto markings.
Party-colored or pinto-snowflakes are rare and have both pinto and snowflake markings.
Housing: Hedgehogs must have temperatures of 70 degrees to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. This can be accomplished by under-cage heaters (not to be used with metal), but I always suggest snuggle safe disks or raising the ambient room temperature. They will also require a litter - I suggest pine shavings or pellets, but never use cedar as it is toxic. This must be changed every week unless they use a litter box; fleece liners can also be used. Be careful that the cage either has a top or the sides are high enough so that they can't get out. Multi-level homes are not acceptable as hedgies will walk off the edge and hurt themselves. A place to sleep during the day is a requirement, like a sleeping bag or hut. They will require some form of exercise and enrichment - wheels (with solid floors only) and a toilet paper tube are a must! Additional toys, such as balls, tug of war strands, or digging boxes can be bought.
Family: Hedgehogs do best in a household with adults only or with very mature teenagers. I never recommend children or tweens buy them, mostly because A) They often loose interest in an animal that is grumpy upon awakening and must be constantly handled, B) The quills and the sounds the hogs make often frighten them, and C) The quills are sharp to sensitive hands, making them prone to dropping the hedgies and therefore hurting them. I've seen far too many cases of "the kids got tired of them", where the hog suffers for it. However, if the parents realize these things and are committed to making sure the hedgehog does have a quality forever home, hedgehogs can make a great family pet.
Temperament: It really depends on the quality of the animals breeding, their individual personality, and the quality/amount of handling they received. Hedgehogs from reputable breeders usually have great temperaments and are friendly, while those not are generally much more shy and aggressive. Even still, I have never been bitten by a hedgehog (even my poorly bred/handled rescues) with proper handling - but that doesn't mean they can't bite!
Prices/Buying: The price of a hedgehog from a reputable breeder will start at $150 USD for normal colors and varieties. The more rare colors, such as true blacks, extremely dark greys, well marked pintos, and whites can sell as high as $400+ USD. Hedgehogs should only be bought from reputable breeders - those who are USDA certified, a part of the Hedgehog Breeders Alliance (HBA), or a part of the Hedgehog Welfare Society (HWS). Never buy hedgehogs from petstores or from mills/backyard breeders - you will get what you pay for! Only adopt/buy hedgehogs off of craigslist at your own risk.
Additional Notes: Hedgehogs aren't rodents and don't emit odor; they aren't hypoallergenic, but it is rare that people have reactions to them. While hedgehogs are great pets, they aren't for everyone. Please DO YOUR RESEARCH before buying one of these amazing critters! Remember they must be socialized very often to be great pets. More detailed information can be read on our website!
Ryker - Algerian dark grey pinto-snowflake, large mask and partial badger stripes
Nala - Algerian dark grey pinto-snowflake
RIP Raphael - Algerian Chocolate
RIP Xena - Algerian grey pinto-snowflake
ETA some extra info.
Edited by ChickenWisperer - 12/5/11 at 12:38am
Thank You so much! I'm trying to gather as much information as I can but how to take care of something through reading literature isn't the same as having actual experience with the species. Thank You for sharing your knowledge.
Experience Needed: A little research but that's about it.
Water: Fresh Water. Requires Ph between 6.0 - 7.0. Water Temperature between 75 and 80.
Colors: Gold,Koi,Veiltail, Blushing Blue Blushing,Black,Zebra, Black Lace, Smoky, Pearly Gold
Diet: They need a a proper tropical fish food. When older some feed live food as well
Environment: When younger than can be housed in a smaller grow out tank but for a adult size I wouldn't suggest anything less than a 30 gallon because these fish grow very large.
Tank Mates: Most Peaceful Tetra species. DO NOT put with fin nipping species.
Notes: Angelfish are a great addition to a fish tank. Very Peaceful but can become aggressive when mature. Also a fairly easy species to breed.
Name: Pastel Columbian Redtail Boa
Experience Needed: Not for young kids. A calm handler is prefered and research
Diet: Mice or rats
Temperament: Calm with a non- skiddish handler. Usually will not bite unless provoked or have a reason to.
Colors: Normal (grayish color), Pastel, Jungle, and more that i am missing.
Environment: Depending on size a good aquarium tank with a slide in locking lid, heat light with hide aways to get some dark if not night time. Also a good sized water dish for them to lay in.
Family: Can be a multi person pet but will get use to the person who handles them the most.
Notes: Snakes of all type are popular but some are more prone to biting if not handled properly. Snakes are not a pet that like to be pet. They like to wrap around you and stay there with out being bothered. Will also like to climb on you if big enough. Their face should never be near yours.
Edited by featherfinder - 11/29/11 at 12:31pm
Thank You so much FeatherFinder
Thank You so much FeatherFinder
Welcome! Just edited it for all my typos