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How Much Does a Hedgehog Cost?

 
 average costTypical: $70-$250 
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The African Pygmy hedgehog, or common pet hedgehog, is a small, solitary and mostly nocturnal mammal with quills. Hedgehogs appeal to people looking for an unusual, quirky pet that is also cuddly, quiet and odorless.

Typical costs:

  • Hedgehogs range in price from about $70 to $250, depending on the hedgehog's age, color, and temperament.
  • Some breeders offer hedgehog starter kits for around $75 that include a cage, wheel, a hiding place, water bottle, feed bowl and food, and some shavings.
  • Hedgehogs live between four and six years. The older the hedgehog the less expensive it will be.
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What should be included:
  • At minimum, a hedgehog purchase should include a health certificate.
  • Many breeders also offer a pet carrier, small bag of food, blanket and sometimes even the airline ticket for shipping the pet.
  • Hedgehog quills are not as sharp as a porcupine's, and no injuries are spoken of in online hedgehog pet communities. Hedgehog owners are especially fond of hedgehogs' ability to roll into a tight ball, concealing their bodies, with their quills sticking out.
  • Hedgehogs fall in two color groups, White-Bellied and Algerian.
  • Without the proper socialization, hedgehogs can be skittish around humans. A grown hedgehog that hasn't been socialized will take some time to "warm up" to a person.
Additional costs:
  • A wire or plastic cage costs between $35 and $80. Note that hedgehog enthusiasts advise against using an aquarium because they're hard to clean and, more importantly, they have poor ventilation.
  • Hedgehogs like to exercise. Look for a small wheel, not a hamster wheel. Many breeders recommend the Flying Saucer wheel, which is $8 at PetSmart[1] . Balls and other toys suitable for cats or gerbils would fit hedgehogs as well; these range in price from $1 to $10 at pet stores.
  • Provide hiding places in the cage. These can be anything from a PVC pipe to an overturned shoe box, but store-bought versions for small rodents run between $5 to about $20.
  • Litter trays cost around $8; litter is between $10 and $20. A bag will last about four months, breeders say.
  • Hedgehogs are omnivores, and since they're relatively new pets there aren't specialized foods for them. Cat foods can be used. Dry kibble costs between $5 and $8 for a four-pound bag and, at four tablespoons daily, should last about a month.
  • A typical vet visit costs between $30 and $60, depending on the vet. Consult HedgehogWelfare.org[2] for a list of hedgehog veterinarians.
Shopping for a hedgehog:
  • Hedgehogs are considered exotic pets and as such are illegal to own in some cities and states. Check local ordinances to be sure hedgehog husbandry is allowed or if a permit is needed.
  • Hedgehog Central provides a list of breeders[3] in the United States. To adopt a hedgehog, go to PetFinder.com[4] and enter "hedgehog" and a zip code in the search fields on the left.
  • Pet Education[5] gives tips of what to look for when considering a small pet purchase.
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Hedgehog
Amount: $200.00
Posted by: Emma Donnelly in Midland, MI.Posted: June 30th, 2017 12:06PM
Age: 1.5Color: White quills with brown tips on some of
She is a very sweet hedgehog who loves to walk around and go on her wheel. She likes people but does not like being held or be approached quickly, but if you approach her slowly and calmly she is very nice and let's you let and hold her.
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hedgehog
Amount: $70.00
Posted by: martha grahm in Kansas, Other.Posted: March 20th, 2017 10:03AM
Age: 24Color: white
i want to buy a hedgehog
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Awesome little guy
Amount: $50.00
Posted by: harry potter in Leavenworth, KS.Posted: March 2nd, 2017 07:03PM
Age: 7 monthsColor: brown
This one handled a lot so very fun and friendly
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Total Hedgehog Cost
Amount: $250.00
Posted by: a user in Denver, CO.Posted: October 2nd, 2016 08:10PM
Age: 1 yearColor: Common
It was about 250 for everything. Including a new cage play toys, liter box, wheel, etc. If you want to purchase one make sure you have the money to give it a good home!!#
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Hedgehog
Amount: $75.00
Posted by: Christi Thebeau in St. Louis, MO.Posted: August 5th, 2016 08:08PM
Age: 2Color: White, brown
Wasn't social as much when younger purchase from a breeder who let her have 2 litters then sold her to us. She's very jummpy. Hard to want to play with. Pay the extra and buy a baby for around 150 to 250.
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Ehhhh
Amount: $100.00
Posted by: Meh in Idaho falls, ID.Posted: July 5th, 2015 10:07AM
Age: 1.5Color: African Pygmy
Wasn't socialized enough when younger, doesn't like people or being held. Not a great pet if they aren't socialized when young.
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Hedgehog
Amount: $179.00
Posted by: girdle in Longwood, FL.Posted: May 14th, 2015 11:05AM
Age: 7monthsColor: brown
awe so cute, its easy to love
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Like to eat,drink,sleep and play
Amount: $78.32
Posted by: [email protected] in Arlington, TX.Posted: March 24th, 2015 05:03PM
Age: 5 smallColor: Brown
Cute and furry
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External Resources:
  1.  www.petsmart.com/search/noResults.jsp?kw=3155596
  2.  www.hedgehogwelfare.org/veterinarians.asp
  3.  www.hedgehogcentral.com/breederusa.shtml
  4.  www.petfinder.com
  5.  www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=18+1803&aid=3296
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