Hedgehogs are spiny animals that can be found in certain parts of Europe, Asia, and Africa. There are seventeen different species of hedgehog and they have adapted to a nocturnal way of life. Their spiny protection is very similar to that of the porcupines. A very interesting fact about their spines is that they are hollow hairs made stiff with keratin.
The most common pet species of hedgehogs are hybrids and the North African hedgehogs; even though it is illegal to own a hedgehog as a pet in some US states, Scandinavia, the UK and in Italy.
If you live in the States and you are wondering if owning a hedgehog as a pet is illegal, here are the states in which it is considered illegal: Maine, Arizona, California, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Hawaii, and New York City. They are qualified as wild animals so they are not allowed to be kept as pets.
There are seventeen different species of hedgehogs, including the Western or European Hedgehog, the Eastern European Hedgehog, the Chinese Hedgehog, the 4-Toed or White-Bellied Hedgehog, the Algerian Hedgehog, the Somalian Hedgehog, and the South African Hedgehog.