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This little Hedgehog weights only 90g and is maybe half the size of my fist. He was - as usual - infested with Fleas. I was able to get rid of the later buy spraying and dusting him with two kinds of Flea & Tick detergents. These photos were taken after him having a subsequent bath

Look at the tons of Fleas, which I removed from the little fellow. What a nightmare it must be, being not able to even scratch oneself


Stacked microphoto (8 frames), taken through stereo microscope.


CloseUp of one of the numerous Fleas. Stacked microphoto (5 frames), taken through stereo microscope.

I think I'll need to feed him for a while, or he will not make it through the winter. We may probably end up with an other pet, until spring ...?!
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Re: little Hedgehog

What a cutie - now it's de-loused! The flea is definitely NOT a cutie!


My dad worked in boilerhouses, which were jumping with fleas . He used to put ones he caught in a matchbox and sell them to the flea circus.
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Re: little Hedgehog

Thanks John!

In my case a flea-circus might not be sufficient, but a flea-market would be appropriate, I guess. See below, what I just collected on the lawn, when I intended to reset the sprinkler:

Apparently sisters to #1, with one similar in low weight and the other one in a bit better position. Record shot from the ongoing de-fleaing process - notice the dark specks on the paper. Quite potent stuff, being applied only minutes before the pic was taken

Oh oh, I have to scratch myself now - just from talking fleas
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Re: little Hedgehog

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CloseUp of one of the numerous Fleas. Stacked microphoto (5 frames), taken through stereo microscope.

I think I'll need to feed him for a while, or he will not make it through the winter. We may probably end up with an other pet, until spring ...?!
That flea looks well enough fed to me and seems a strange choice of pet, although my daughter does have a Giant African Land Snail! Think I'd be inclined to keep the hedgehog instead.


Sorry, I couldn't resist!

Seriously, that little hedgehog is so cute and it's great that you have taken him in. Good for you.
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Re: little Hedgehog

Great little animals aren't they? (The hedgehogs that is!) Good for keeping down slugs in the garden as well. Sad to say they are very much in decline in this country - I read this week that UK numbers are down to 5% of what they were 50 years ago.
Out of interest, what are you feeding them?
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Well you couldn't fail to be won over by this little guy.
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That flea looks well enough fed to me and seems a strange choice of pet, although my daughter does have a Giant African Land Snail! Think I'd be inclined to keep the hedgehog instead.


Sorry, I couldn't resist!
John, you are forgiven but only because I used to have several species of said African Land Snails (Achatina ssp.) for many years

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Great little animals aren't they? (The hedgehogs that is!) Good for keeping down slugs in the garden as well. Sad to say they are very much in decline in this country - I read this week that UK numbers are down to 5% of what they were 50 years ago.
Out of interest, what are you feeding them?
You are darn right with the numbers, I suppose. I cant say for sure, but have the impression, that I dont see as many flattened on the streets as there were before. And of course, that useless defense behavior of an Hedgehog - facing a car - is probably the reason for the decline in the first place?!

The feeding is a little tricky I'll admit.
At first, I let the children catch lots of grashoppers and especially Hedgehog #1 is all over them within seconds. No.2 is catching up on this, but I think he had to learn from #1 first! No.3 (the small one in my last pic) is so unfit/sick/dehydrated, that she's not able to catch anything

To get them going and well fed I now 'serve' dog food (tin) mixed with rolled oats and cut apple, all day long. They accept it as okay, I think!?

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Great images Falk
Thanks Huw! Feeding #3 with a syringe makes for a nice 'Aah Cute!' factor too

Whats not so cute about these darn little things is the fact, that they poo all over the place! Cant they just name one corner of their cage and stay with it - no! This way I need to clean the box several times a day
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Yucko! Those fleas look revolting! And I agree, poor little animals having to put up with them.
Good on you for taking the time and trouble to care for the hedgehogs.
They remind me of our Echidnas - much smaller of course - and I don't know if the Echidnas have fleas or not. Perhaps they do?
I really hope they do well under your care.
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Re: little Hedgehog

We found a hedgehog in the garden last night. The first we've seen for about 4 years. I have a very healthy population of snails for it to feed on.
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Yucko! Those fleas look revolting! And I agree, poor little animals having to put up with them.
Good on you for taking the time and trouble to care for the hedgehogs.
They remind me of our Echidnas - much smaller of course - and I don't know if the Echidnas have fleas or not. Perhaps they do?
I really hope they do well under your care.
Those fleas probably have pouches

Falk - how good it must be to be fed and de-flead. Did you find them as orphans?
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Re: little Hedgehog

We built a log pile home for our hedgehogs ! we have a good supply of slugs and snails and put out cat food and water for them. Last night one was on the childrens beach at 4am - how did we know? Our dog went ballistic barking at it
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You are darn right with the numbers, I suppose. I cant say for sure, but have the impression, that I dont see as many flattened on the streets as there were before. And of course, that useless defense behavior of an Hedgehog - facing a car - is probably the reason for the decline in the first place?!
That certainly doesn't help but there is also another very significant factor in their decline... the massive explosion in Badger numbers since the 70's / 80s.
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Re: little Hedgehog

An interesting menagerie you keep in your household, John ... did you start it from scratch?
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Re: little Hedgehog

I like your photo of the flea, they look alien when seen in such detail. Just imagine if they were bigger, a flea the size of a dog would strike terror. I wonder if there have been any cheesy B movies made on this subject.
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Falk - how good it must be to be fed and de-flead. Did you find them as orphans?
In one way or the other, yes, I guess so. I have not found any dead adult on the street though. Maybe the mother decided that it's to late into the year to nurse any children and that she has to take care for herself only, to get through the winter?!

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there is also another very significant factor in their decline... the massive explosion in Badger numbers since the 70's / 80s.
I never thought of that! We do have some Badgers around and I see their tracks fairly often, but never actually saw one in the fields. Thats on my wish-list since long ...

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An interesting menagerie you keep in your household, John ... did you start it from scratch?
Good one Mark! Cheers, Falk

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I like your photo of the flea, they look alien when seen in such detail. Just imagine if they were bigger, a flea the size of a dog would strike terror. I wonder if there have been any cheesy B movies made on this subject.
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Well, I've not heard of any movie, but if there is one, I am certain it plays in NewYork - as every desaster, alien attack , evil does
Culexophobia in Cetral Park or something along that line


Okay, now an update shot of the one little female which I had to worry about the most. She needs to be fed several times a day, because she has not touched solid food so far. Fortunately my secret mixture does take effect and she seems to be safe now. I really hope she starts feeding on her own soon! The picture shows my wife doing the business, so that I could take the camera.


The other two are doing just fine. In fact, the bigger one (male) feels so good, that he is by now hissing and growling at me obviously he no longer wants to 'handled'!

BTW: We were at a Flea market today and my wife found us a book: How to take care of Hedgehogs Not that it was needed, but how fitting, isn't it!?

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