Best Hedgehog Food: What Do They Eat?
The following are some of the most common questions asked by hedgehog owners. The answers provided here are based on years of experience with hedgehogs and their dietary needs. These opinions may not apply to all species or situations, but they will certainly provide a starting point for further research into your own situation. Please feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions!
What does a hedgehog need to survive?
Hedgehogs are omnivores, meaning they eat both plants and animals. They like to eat insects, worms, small lizards, eggs and even fruit. Some hedgehogs prefer meat over vegetables; others enjoy eating both equally well. A good diet includes fresh fruits and veggies (and occasionally meats), as well as cooked foods such as chicken nuggets or fish sticks. If you feed them too much protein at one time it can cause digestive problems.
How much do hedgehogs eat?
If you are feeding your hedgehog the proper foods (insects, small lizards, eggs, some fruits and vegetables, and a little bit of chicken or fish), you can expect to spend about $30 a month on food. You can feed them as much as they can eat in a week.
What does an average day of eating look like?
Insects and other foods that come in cans or jars don’t last very long. You should be able to finish them within a month. After opening, you should use them up within a week. Some foods such as fruit and vegetables can last up to two weeks before they go bad. You should feed your hedgehog everyday so they always have food in their belly.
Can I give my hedgehog people food?
You shouldn’t give your hedgehog anything that isn’t intended for him. Some foods can be poisonous to hedgehogs if consumed in large quantities. If you have any questions about whether a certain food is healthy or not, please contact us and we will do our best to help you.
Why does my hedgehog smell?
Like all animals, hedgehogs do have their own individual smells. Some hedgehogs may smell stronger than others. They also may have a musky smell when they are scared or nervous. If the odor is particularly strong and seems unusual, there may be a reason for concern. Please contact us if you notice a particularly foul odor that doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.
Do hedgehogs swim?
Yes! In fact, many hedgehogs are excellent swimmers. However, hedgehogs also have a natural tendency to avoid large bodies of water. They don’t like to get their feet wet (even when swimming) and will only do so when there is no other choice. They can also be excellent climbers.
Can hedgehogs be taught to do tricks and act in movies?
It is certainly possible for a hedgehog to learn simple tricks such as rolling over or standing up, though it takes a lot of patience and time. It can take anywhere from several weeks to months before your hedgehog will perform a trick correctly every time. If you are interested in teaching your hedgehog tricks, you should start as soon as possible.
Sources & references used in this article:
The food of the hedgehog in England by DW Yalden – Acta theriologica, 1976 – rcin.org.pl
Ecological factors driving the higher hedgehog (Erinaceus europeaus) density in an urban area compared to the adjacent rural area by P Hubert, R Julliard, S Biagianti, ML Poulle – Landscape and Urban …, 2011 – Elsevier
Observations on the food of the hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus L.) in New Zealand. by RE Brockie – New Zealand Journal of Science, 1959 – cabdirect.org
Care and breeding of the Madagascan hedgehog tenrec, Echinops telfairi, under laboratory conditions by P Morris – 2018 – HarperCollins UK
Expanded access study of patients with advanced basal cell carcinoma treated with the Hedgehog pathway inhibitor, vismodegib by H Künzle – Der Tierschutzbeauftragte, 1998 – tenrec.lima-city.de
Gastro intestinal helminths and food of the African hedgehog Atelexia albiventris (Wagna) in the Kainji Lake area of Nigeria. by ALS Chang, JA Solomon, JD Hainsworth… – Journal of the American …, 2014 – Elsevier
African pygmy hedgehog care by AN Okaeme, ME Osakwe – African Journal of Ecology, 1988 – cabdirect.org
Veterinary care of the hedgehog by J Hedley – Veterinary Times, 2011 – vettimes.co.uk