Articles on basic care and considerations for new or prospective owners.
Articles pertaining to health, nutrition, and veterinary care.
Articles and pictures about hedgehog breeding, growth, and development.
Articles for people who already own a hedgehog or want to know more than just the basics.
Learn more about hedgehog shows and hedgehog colors!
Wondering where on earth to buy a hedgehog? Start here!
Where to purchase hedgehog supplies and collectibles.
Meet the hedgehogs of Hedgehog Valley!
Meet the other critters that call Hedgehog Valley
Hedgehogs in the Classroom
I've had quite a few teachers ask me if I think hedgehogs make good classroom pets. And, I can say with confidence, they certainly can as long as precautions are taken to ensure that appropriate care and attention are given to the hedgehog. I firmly believe that learning to interact with animals is an important way to help children learn to respect others and to respect themselves. I think hedgehogs are particularly well suited to this role because there are so many ways that children can relate to hedgehogs. Hedgehogs are very cute, and an inquisitive, friendly hedgehog is virtually irresistible! Even a shy hedgehog can teach children lessons, though. All kids know what it is to wish you could roll up into a ball and keep the world from bothering you. Learning to speak gently, move slowly, and earn the trust of a shy hedgehog is a process that teaches children volumes about interacting with people. Hedgehogs are also useful for teaching about science. Environmental studies, food chains, geography, literature (there's lots of children's books about hedgehogs!), art... you name it! One industrious teacher has a wonderful website that tells about her class' experiences with their classroom hedgehog (click here). This site will even take you around the world as the teacher sends a stuffed hedgehog toy to another teacher, who used it in her lesson plans, and then on to another, and so on. The possibilities are endless, as this teacher's ingenuity shows!
As a final consideration, teach the children to wash their hands or use antibacterial gel before and after handling the hedgehog. Chances are the hedgehog isn't harboring any dread disease, and neither are the children, but it never hurts to exercise caution, and to establish what will hopefully be a lifelong good habit.
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