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Stages of Hoglet Development
Here's a basic run down of hoglet development, as we have observed it!
Newborn: The babies are born without quills and have a thin membrane covering them. Check out pictures
of newborns here. Soft white quills emerge
within the first few hours, as seen in the photo below.
Week One: All hoglets are squeaking and chirping. At this stage, you probably won't have
looked at them for more than just a peek, but you can usually sure hear them!
They're ugly, hairless little things with the ears and eyes closed. They have
very sparse, thin white spines covering their naked bodies.
Week Two: At the end of the two weeks, you should be able to finally take a good look
at them and try to determine the sex of each hoglet. The boys are the ones with
the belly buttons. The baby spines will be giving way to more adult spines.
The ears are open, but the eyes aren't. The squeaking and chirping continues,
but is now louder. The fur is also starting to grow; though they still look
naked. As you hold them, they may start to lick your hands and self-anoint!
It's really cute!
Week Two and a half: Eyes are opening, fur is growing in nicely and it's time to
start playing with them! They are wobbly when they try to walk, but are trying
very hard to get going.
Week Three: The hoglets are starting to look more like miniature adults. They are
more stable in walking and want to explore farther. They love to self-anoint
and may do it at the slightest new taste!
Week Four: The hoglets now look like a miniature version of their moms. They can
now walk just fine and start crawling up arms as we lay on the floor. They may
be interested in moistened dry cat food and canned food. The first time we give
them some, they self-anoint it all over themselves! On the second try, they
actually start eating it. Later in the week, they're ready for their first mealworms.
This article was originally written by Christi Cantrell of Hedgehog Mountain, and has
been revised and had pictures added by Antigone Means.
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