Feeding the African hedgehog

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The african hedgehog (Atelerix albiventris) is an animal that is easy to care for and maintain that lives in areas of bushes and shrubs, although its presence goes unnoticed since it hides at the slightest noise. ¿What does the African hedgehog eat? Discover in Animal Expert a guide on the African hedgehog feeding.

Remember that the African hedgehog is not a common pet and neither is its behavior: it is a nocturnal animal. It is for this reason that we emphasize that those who seek affectionate behavior and even rapport in the hedgehog think better of another pet. Also, not in all countries it is legal to have a hedgehog as a pet..

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  1. The nutritional needs of the hedgehog
  2. Fruits and vegetables for the hedgehog
  3. Harmful foods for the hedgehog

The nutritional needs of the hedgehog

In its natural habitat the hedgehog feeds on whatever it can, be it worms, snails, insects, mushrooms, fruit, eggs ... We find in the hedgehog a omnivorous animal. To ensure that we meet your nutritional needs we must provide:

  • Fats: Always in a low quantity
  • Proteins: It constitutes 20% of the total of your diet
  • Fiber: Very necessary, at least 15%
  • Others: calcium, iron, copper, phosphorus...

¿On what should we base the hedgehog diet?

One way to feed our hedgehog is by basing its diet on specific feed for hedgehogs, also combining them with fresh fruit and vegetables. If we offer you this type of food, we make sure that your basic needs will be covered, although it is not always possible to correctly evaluate the quality of the ingredients..

On the other hand, we can offer our hedgehog a more natural diet, like the one they would consume in the wild. For this we must go to an exotic animal clinic and consult a vet. The specialist will guide us regarding food, dosage or supplements.

In shops we can buy worms (tenebrios or flour), eggs, various fruits and mushrooms, essential foods in your diet. Boiled chicken, salmon, or turkey can also be offered. Remember to always leave the hedgehog available fresh and clean water galore.

Fruits and vegetables for the hedgehog

In addition to its protein, fat and fiber needs, the hedgehog needs to supplement its diet with assorted fruits and vegetables, in this way we will ensure that our hedgehog receives vitamins. Among the fruits and vegetables that a hedgehog can consume we find:

  • Apple
  • Pear
  • Peach
  • Raspberries
  • Plantain
  • Watermelon
  • Cantaloupe
  • Mango
  • Kiwi
  • Blueberries
  • Carrot
  • Potato
  • Sweet potato
  • Broccoli
  • Rucuca
  • Canons
  • Cucumber

Harmful foods for the hedgehog

In addition to the appropriate foods that you can offer your hedgehog Animal Expert also offers you foods that you shouldn't give your hedgehog:

  • Chocolate
  • Sugars
  • Pastries
  • Salt
  • Fried

Obviously these types of products are not suitable for your hedgehog, he cannot assimilate them properly. Remove sugars, excessive salt and fried foods of any kind from your diet.

Other foods that you should not give your hedgehog can be grapes and raisins because it is harmful to their kidneys. Meanwhile, onions can cause anemia and certain raw vegetables can make you choke: better serve them boiled.

Other forbidden foods:

  • Nuts
  • Various seeds
  • Avocado
  • Pepper
  • Citrus
  • Corn

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