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Old 05-15-2019, 10:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone! I have had a new hedgehog for about three weeks now. He’s four moths old. My issue with him is that every time I take him out to socialize him and he gets near my fingers he will bite me the majority of the time. It’s starting to get to a point where it’s incredibly frustrating and I don’t even want to handle him anymore. My precious hedgehog was nothing like this. I’ve exhausted all of the tips. I use unscented soap, I’ve slept with clothing and put it in his cage, I allow him to wake up and wander awhile and eat before handling him, I don’t pull my hand away and I don’t put him back after he bites because I don’t want him to think that will get him what he wants. He still bites after all of this. I don’t know if it’s out of anger or if it’s because he’s a baby and he’s exploring. Please help!
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Old 05-15-2019, 10:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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He is still young and very well could be curious. With that being said, it’s helpful too to handle a biter for v short increments, set them down and let them run a little, pick them up for another v short amount of time, and repeat. A lot of hedgehogs can get into a routine of biting if they want to be put down, not necessarily out of anger but rather frustration because they want to explore. I urge you not to give up! Hedgehogs can take a long time to become trusting of you. And each hog is very different! I had a snuggly hedgehog before Christina, and she’s the COMPLETE opposite. It’s just too easy to compare what we have sometimes to what we used to know. So keep at it! I recommend short handlings with periods of ground time in between. Don’t even give him enough time to think about biting. Eventually, he should become more and more comfortable in your hands and the biting will be slowly eliminated!
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Old 05-20-2019, 12:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Don't give him an opportunity to bite. Use a small fleece blanket to hold him in and make sure you always have the blanket between him and your hands. Biting has become a habit for him and you need to break the habit by not allowing him the chance to bite.
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Old 05-23-2019, 04:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If you are sure that there is no special smell on your hand, there are several possibilities for it to bite you.
1.Curiosity about the unknown.
2. Because of fear or anger.
3. Born to bite. It has to do with genetics, and often their parents also have a biting habit.
If it is the first two cases, it can be corrected. Interact with it often and it will improve as you get to know it. If it's the last one, it can be hard to correct, and you can only avoid putting your finger in front of its mouth when interacting with it.
That's my opinion. I hope it helps you.
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