My pet has barbs

When I was little my favorite TV character was a cute pink hedgehog that many of you will remember. His name was Espinete. With Espinete we, the children of the 80’s, learned many things. Today hedgehogs are the exotic pets of choice for children and adults alike.

The bad temper and its barbs

Funny and tiny. The hedgehog is only 16 centimeters long and weighs between 300 and 400 grams. However, their outer armor is full of barbs that can measure up to 2.5 centimeters in adult specimens. These barbs should not cause us to fear living with an animal like this, because it will use them in case of being attacked or when it senses danger. However, be careful not to scare him if you don’t want to get a puncture or two.

Special care

They eat cat food and cat litter. Aquariums and terrariums are their ideal refuge, as they allow regulating the interior temperature (about 22º), and they would have space to place toys in the form of tubes and other hiding places. In addition to adding substrate for them to do their needs.

We must also take into account that hedgehogs are nocturnal animals, they need to take refuge from daylight, and we must respect their quiet time.

A rodent wheel will allow you to exercise. And clean, fresh water should not be lacking.

Their favorite treats will be live insects. The most suitable, due to their protein and fat content, are Argentine cockroaches and crickets.

They live between 5 and 8 years.

 

 

 

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