How Much Does a Pygmy Hedgehog Cost?
Hedgehogs are small, insect-eating mammals that are native to Europe, Africa, and Asia. About the size of a Guinea Pig, the pygmy hedgehog is referred to as the type of hedgehog that is kept as a pet in North America. They often make good beginner pets since they are easy to care for and do not require a lot of maintenance.
How much does it cost?
- Depending on the variety, most pygmy hedgehogs are going to cost anywhere from as little as $80 to as much as $350.
- Male and female hedgehogs available at Paradise Valley Hedgehogs in North Georgia, for example, cost anywhere from $125 to $300. The varieties offered here include the Pinto, Albino, Chocolate, Grey, Brown and Dark Cinnicot. Pedigrees are also available.
- At Helen’s Little Critters in San Antonio, Texas, the following varieties are offered and their respective prices:
- Salt n Pepper – $90 each
- Snowflake – $90 each
- Black-eyed White – $130 each
- Cinnamon – $100 each
- Cream – $110 each
- Albino – $90 each
- Chocolate – $130 each
- Pinto Variations – $130 each
What is going to be included?
- There are two different types of hedgehogs: European and African. African hedgehogs are the types kept as domesticated pets. These animals are quite compact, attaining a size of about 5 to 8 inches in length. The average lifespan of these hedgehogs varies, depending on genetics as well as on the care and nutrition they receive. With excellent care, they can live from 3 to 6 years and even longer.
- Reputable breeders usually include a health certificate as well as written documentation of the health and history of the animal.
What are the extra costs?
- Caring for a pygmy hedgehog entails basic needs including housing, bedding, food, veterinary care, toys, and accessories. Ask a breeder to get a good idea of the overall cost of keeping a hedgehog.
- Ordering pygmy hedgehogs could very well require shipping costs since it may be hard for you to find a breeder in your area. Some breeders require $150 to ship orders. The cost may include health certificates, the cost of an airline-approved animal container, and flight to most international airports.
- Most breeders deliver hedgehogs at no cost if the buyer’s location is within its specified radius. Locations that go beyond their limit are charged a delivery fee. Some require $0.75 per mile, round trip, plus any tolls that need to be paid to get to the location and back.
Factors that influence the price:
- Variety. Some pygmy hedgehogs may be priced higher than others. Breeders may sell some of their hedgehogs at a more expensive price basing on the color and pattern of the hedgehogs. Algerian hedgehogs, for example, are about $25 more expensive than a White-belly hedgie.
- Coloration. Pygmy hedgehogs may be priced according to coloration. At some breeders, an Albino costs $150, a hedgehog with a cinnamon or other rare color costs $250, and snowflakes or dark-eyed white varieties cost $275.
- Age. The age of the pygmy hedgehog usually influences the overall cost of buying such animal. Many breeders sell babies at lower prices than adults. Retired breeders are also usually sold at reduced rates.
Tips to know:
- Never use products containing tea tree oil as this ingredient is deadly to hedgehogs. Tea tree oil given or applied to the hedgehog, even as little as one dose can be fatal to the animal because it causes renal, liver and complete organ failure. Cedar shavings and anything with cedar in it are also toxic to hedgehogs. Make sure that you do research regarding how to care for a hedgehog before you buy one.
- Hedgehogs are illegal in many states and municipalities. Prior to buying a pygmy hedgehog, make sure to ask authorities in your area about the laws pertaining to the possession of exotic animals.
- If you find that you can no longer keep your pygmy hedgehog, make sure to contact the breeder from whom you bought it to ensure that the animal will be well taken care of while the breeder is in the process of finding a new home for it.
- A healthy hedgehog will have a soft belly, plump body, clean nose, round eyes and breathing that does not sound unhealthy.
How can I save money?
- If you are within the area of the breeder you ordered pygmy hedgehogs from, schedule an appointment to pick up the animals instead of having them delivered. This can save you on delivery costs and may also get you a discounted price. This will also allow you to see the atmosphere in which the hedgehog was born to ensure that it was bred with care.
- Consider adopting a hedgehog. Many breeders put up retired hedgehog breeders for adoption. Some breeders charge an adoption fee of $50, but will give the retired breeder for free along with the purchase of regular hedgehogs. Retired breeders are aged about 2 1/2 to 3 years old.
- Ask breeders if they have older hedgehogs. They are usually offered at lower prices. Some offer as much as $50 off the regular price of hedgehogs.