The Basics

Articles on basic care and considerations for new or prospective owners.

Vet/Health Care

Articles pertaining to health, nutrition, and veterinary care.

Breeding and Development

Articles and pictures about hedgehog breeding, growth, and development.

Advanced Care Issues

Articles for people who already own a hedgehog or want to know more than just the basics.


Learn more about hedgehog colors!

Purchase a Hedgehog

Wondering where to buy a hedgehog? Start here!


Where to purchase hedgehog supplies and collectibles.

Our Herd

Meet the hedgehogs of Hedgehog Valley!

Other Critters

Meet the other critters that call or have called Hedgehog Valley their home!

Everything I Need To Know In Life I Learned From A Hedgehog

One day I was taking pictures of one of my elderly hedgehogs (Puck, who was a bit past 4-1/2) and my daughter (Persephone, who was two) and I started thinking about how much I have learned from my prickly buddies and all that they have to teach my human children.

For example, I am constantly amazed at the range of emotions that hedgehogs can express. They do not beat around the bush. Hedgehogs let you know directly if you upset or scare them (fuff fuff fuff!!!), . They let you know when they are comfortable with your behavior by relaxing their quills and trusting you. Hedgehogs are excellent anger managers. They put themselves in time out and let you know that they need space by rolling into a ball and making huffling noises.

Hedgehogs teach you to slow down and take life at a calm pace and to have confidence in yourself because they relax and respond when you are calm and confident. Hedgehogs seem to have radar for people who are anxious about holding them. They also learn who will call their bluff and wait them out. Hedgehogs eat what bugs them and, while humans ca not necessarily do that, it sure makes a great slogan! 

Hedgehogs teach responsibility because you have to clean their cages, meet their special dietary needs, keep them warm, and give them lots of love. They teach you what it is like to be different because they are not the standard pet that everyone has. Hedgehogs teach you that there are creative solutions to every problem, like how to escape the cage to get in with that hottie in the next one.

The lessons we can learn from hedgehogs are endless, if we just take the time to listen and observe.


Antigone Means

Iola, KS

contact us

All information on this web site is copyright of Hedgehog Valley. You may view/print the web pages for your personal use. You may also provide a link to these pages without prior approval. No one is allowed to re-post the information from Hedgehog Valley Web Site, including pictures, to any other web site, without the approval of Hedgehog Valley. Copyright 2002

This page last updated by Tig on 11/11/18