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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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I want to buy a baby hedgehog
Amount: $30.00
Posted by: Natty in Parker, CO.Posted: October 20th, 2019 12:10PM
Age: 2Color: Brown
I really want a hedgehog I am 12 years old and I am raising this money all by myself and I really want a small cute pet of my own.
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I want to buy a hedgehog!!!
Amount: $200.00
Posted by: Hollie Marie in Mandeville, LA.Posted: August 21st, 2019 03:08AM
Age: Around 1-2 yearsColor: Quills = Light/Variety.Tummy/face=light
I am looking to purchase a Hedgehog, I am not here to sell one. I have all materials, playpen, wheel, food, and cage for it already. I’m 32 and I had one as a child and it died of old age and I have always wanted another even since then... he was my everything!!! :) I miss him so so so much!!!! :)
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My Hedgehog Desdemona
Amount: $20.00
Posted by: Patricia Cook in Macomb, IL.Posted: July 31st, 2019 12:07PM
Age: DeceasedColor: White
I got Des from my daughters teacher who used animals in the 6th grade as teaching guides in science, ethics and responsibility. I was in college when my girls went to school full time so I knew how the animals were kept. When I heard
there were hedgehog babies I knew they were handled and tame. I paid $20 and Desdemona was the best little hedgehog ever. I went to grad school and I took her to my office and everyone loved her.She was almost seven when she passed. I loved the little prickly pickle. She loved halls cough drops.
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6 week old hedgehogs for sale
Amount: $150.00
Posted by: Casey Jones in Moss Bluff, LA.Posted: July 5th, 2019 05:07AM
Age: 6 weeks oldColor: Pento
Lake charles, Louisiana
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Hedgehog
Amount: $80.00
Posted by: Kira in Santa Clara, CA.Posted: May 27th, 2019 07:05PM
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Hedgehog
Amount: $350.00
Posted by: Sarah Johnson in Thief River falls, MO.Posted: May 7th, 2019 11:05PM
Age: 8 months old!!!Color: Brown four legged hegedhog
Anyone that wants to buy I’m selling baby hedgehog he is 8 months old and very friendly and super nice!!! Loves kids and to be cuddled!!! Looking for good home just pickup have everything for gin included call me at 816/372/1546
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Looking to buy a Baby
Amount: $120.00
Posted by: Christiankbt in Gaithersburg, MD.Posted: March 13th, 2019 06:03PM
Age: Baby/New bornColor: Doesn\'t Matter
Looking to purchase a new baby hedgehog, so that we can train him/her to love to be held and played with.
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I want a hedgehog
Amount: $250.00
Posted by: Tike Shiverin in Brooklyn, NY.Posted: January 27th, 2019 01:01AM
Age: Me or the hedgehog?Color: Dapple
Any advice on how to get a hedgehog would be much appreciated. Thank you.
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I want to Breed a hedgehog soon...
Amount: $75.00
Posted by: Sanannah in Greenville, SC.Posted: January 26th, 2019 05:01PM
Age: 21Color:
I want to have a small hedgehog that is VERY friendly and likes loud children and two cats.
I want it to be a Four toed Hedgehog. I have been researching hedgehogs and have been intrested in one for a wile. If I can find one that is healthy and $75 or less... Hopefully someday it will be living in my house...
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Hedgehog
Amount: $175.00
Posted by: Syra Skamser in brookport, IL.Posted: January 23rd, 2019 03:01PM
Age: BabyColor: Dont matter
I just want a baby hedgehog to play with and to spoil
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I am intrested in buying a young hedgehog
Amount: $100.00
Posted by: Callie H. in Wyoming, OH.Posted: November 24th, 2018 03:11PM
Age: 22Color: dose not matter
The hedgehog must be not very old and friendly. I am looking for a friendly hedgehog one that I can pick up and spend time with. I have been researching hedgehogs a lot. They are legal in my area will be going to a loving family where he/she will get lots of love. Also we are prepared to get what ever supplies necessary and have watched hours of videos and read numerous blogs about how to take care of them etc. and have practiced taking care of hedgehogs at with my Neighbors hedgehogs.
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Hedgehog
Amount: $60.00
Posted by: a user in Parkland, Other.Posted: August 22nd, 2018 05:08PM
Age: 1-2Color: Brown
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Hedgehogs
Amount: $20.00
Posted by: Hey I want a cheap hedgehogs please in Athens, AL.Posted: July 29th, 2018 06:07PM
Age: 1Color: Blond
Cheap sweet and playful
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Stitch
Amount: $300.00
Posted by: a user in Sanford, ME.Posted: March 8th, 2018 09:03PM
Age: 7 weeksColor: Some white Quills some dark
Her skin on her belly is marbled has a dark mask she has a few white quills but most start as dark and turn to cream the skin under her quills is black
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Hedgehog
Amount: $150.00
Posted by: Julia Dungan in Clearwater, FL.Posted: November 30th, 2017 10:11AM
Age: 2 monthsColor: Any
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Phoenix the hedghog
Amount: $160.00
Posted by: a user in Wyoming, MI.Posted: October 10th, 2017 11:10PM
Age: 1 in a halfColor: White with little grey
Very nice playful loves attention
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Adorable baby
Amount: $250.00
Posted by: Mr. Pricklesworth the Hedgehog in Colorado Springs, CO.Posted: September 4th, 2017 08:09PM
Age: 7 weeksColor: White snowflake
Was dark quilled when we got him, and turned lighter after quilling. Is super adorable. He was really friendly because the breeder handles him a lot.
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Hedgehog
Amount: $45.00
Posted by: Ab in Mexico Missouri, MO.Posted: August 5th, 2017 12:08PM
Age: 3Color: Brown
I want a girl
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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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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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