• Gophers, marmots, beavers, hedgehogs, porcupines and other large rodents However, we know that hedgehogs in the wild can explore several kilometers in a single night. Life in a cage with perhaps a wheel to walk on pales in comparison to the freedom to hunt crickets in the meadows or search for food in the vast savannah. California, United States Georgia, United States Hawaii, United States Omaha Nebraska, United States New York City, New York, United States (a call to the city information service 311 revealed that hedgehogs are not expressly prohibited – in no case listed by name as definitely legal or illegal. They were listed as illegal in the city`s health code in 2000.) Fairfax County, Virginia, United States (legal as of February 2019) Hedgehog domestication became popular in the early 1980s, although some U.S. states prohibit them or require a license to possess one.  And in case you`re wondering why such laws are in place. Again, fear and ignorance. State veterinarian Robert Cobb was quoted as saying, “This has to do with the spread of the disease to our native species, as well as our wildlife, which is native to the state of Georgia. That is the big problem. The basis of this belief? An article published by the CDC 15 years ago caused fear when it stated, “Such animals can carry and introduce zoonotic agents, a fact well illustrated by the recent outbreak of monkeypox in prairie dogs.” Interestingly, the author of this article`s affiliations are with the University of California, in another state that views hedgehogs as a security threat. If you want to know more about the zoonoses that hedgehogs can transmit – if they are exposed to them – please read this.
New Jersey 7:25-4.3 Alien and non-wild species requiring permission to possessThis list includes only the European hedgehog – Erinaceus europeaus. We are always looking to cite a source for domesticated hedgehogs. At Hamor Hollow, we exercise caution in listing Pennsylvania hedgehogs as illegal/restricted. In our view, the defeat of House Bill 1273 outweighs all the grandfathering deficiencies that have already been discussed in relation to the amendment to section 137.1 in 1992. We believe that fear and ignorance create unreasonable restrictions when it comes to laws affecting hedgehogs as pets. They are not rodents or pests. They do not carry salmonella without exposure to it – which applies to all animals – not just hedgehogs. There are no negative environmental impacts caused by owning one. We guarantee that there will be no zombie apocalypse caused by owning a hedgehog! Nevertheless, we do not want them to be hurt because they live in one of the states that do not allow hedgehogs as pets. Since the beginning of domestication, several new colors of hedgehogs have been created or have become common, including albino hedgehogs and pinto. Pinto is a color pattern rather than a color: a complete absence of color on the quills and skin underneath in separate places. Domesticated species prefer a warm climate (above 22°C, 72°F) and do not hibernate naturally.
Hibernation attempts due to low body temperature can be fatal, but are easily reversed if caught within a few days. The most common type of hedgehogs purchased as “pets” are hybrids commonly known as African dwarf hedgehogs. But these animals are only a few generations away from their naturally living cousins. Calling them “domesticated” is really an extension of the truth. And many hedgehogs die or are abandoned by the people who bought them when the novelty wears off. As mentioned earlier, the list of states that are hedgehog-friendly is much, much longer than those that are anti-hedgehogs. We also want to remind everyone that while it`s legal at the state level to have a hedgehog as a pet, smaller local governments may have stricter laws that govern your ability to own blankets where you are. Currently, it is illegal to own a hedgehog in California. Georgia; Hawaii; New York City; Omaha, Nebraska; and Washington, D.C. Other states and cities may have specific restrictions or require a permit to keep one. It is also illegal to transport African hedgehogs. A “pet” is an animal from a traditional domestic species: dog, domestic cat, ferret, hedgehog, pet bird, rabbit or pet (gerbil, guinea pig, hamster or house mouse or rat).
All other animals kept as pets, including dog hybrids, domestic cat hybrids, and exotic species of small cats such as servals, are considered livestock or exotic animals. It is illegal to own a hedgehog as a pet in some jurisdictions in North America, and a permit is required to legally breed them. These restrictions may have been imposed because of the ability of some hedgehog species to transmit foot-and-mouth disease, a highly contagious disease of even-toed ungulates. In most European countries there are no such restrictions (although Italy is an exception). [ref. In California, hedgehogs are banned because they are considered endangered and pose a threat to other fish and wildlife. Pets are excluded from domestic life under California Code of Regulations Section 671, Title.