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Old 09-08-2008, 06:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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We just got our first hedgie yesterday and we are loaded with questions. First...we think we got a 10-12 week old male. Is there a way to tell if he has already quilled? His fur doesnt seem very thick just yet...as if its still growing in. Hes about 4 inches right now.

2) He seems to have a large bulge on his lower belly. I'll post pictures of this when I get home. Most pictures of hedgies that I see do not have this bulge...what could this be? Is this because he is male and its part of his *ahem* system? Will this go away or will he grow into it (them???)

3) He doesnt ball up. Not that this is a bad thing, it just seems odd. Infact, he seems completely opposed to the idea of rolling oneself into a ball shape. He does snuffle, but the most he ever does is push his head down and his head quills out and gets prickly. He seems to quickly relax though and its back to scouting out the area. Could it be possible that hes unhealthy and unable to roll? Or again...could his bulge keep him from tucking himself in?

4) Are there freeze-dried crickets I can purchase? I know that mealworms come in containers, but are the only option for crickets the live ones? Are the live ones better for him? Can he catch them?


Well, these are my biggest concerns for now. I absolutely love him. He is very active and sociable, but I certainly hope hes not unhealthy with the bulge and seemingly inability to roll.


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Could you maybe post a picture of "the bulge"? I'm pretty sure it's just part of his male parts but a picture would help.
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Old 09-08-2008, 09:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Here is the picture I could capture this morning. My husband held him in what I'm sure was an uncomfortable grip, but this was the best I could get to really show what I'm talking about.

Also, to the more advanced hedgie owners, do you think you could give me an aprox age? I was told 10-12 weeks...which is around the time quilling should be taking place right?

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Old 09-08-2008, 10:39 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I've never seen THAT on any of my male hedgies. What did the breeder tell you? Maybe you should take it to a Vet to be checked out. As far as crickets, they also come in canned form. Just look in the reptile section for lots of canned goodies for your hedgie.

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Some boys are more well endowed than others and they are quite visible. In the position he is in, it looks like he is straining the muscles down there so they are more bulged out than normal. Our Freckles had big testicles that looked like that. Sometimes they almost dragged on the floor.
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As in all of us males sometimes they tend to "extend" farther from the body and sometimes "tighten up". He is just a proud boy strutting his stuff.
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LOL! ROFLMAO!
That reminds me of the male RATS we used to own.
They have some MAJOR luggage to haul around!

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This is what I thought they were myself, but its nice to get the confirmation. I tried to look for pictures but only saw very tiny flat tummies.

Do we have any guess as to why he wont roll up? Could this be that hes still too young to do it?
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He won't roll up because he's got a great personality, probably been handled a lot, and is very friendly. NOT rolling up....is NOT a problem. That just means you got the perfect hedgie. Rolling up in a ball, typically means the hedgie is stressed/scared/nervous, etc. Be thankful that he feels comfortable around you and does NOT roll up in a ball.

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Old 09-09-2008, 01:27 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Oh good! Its so easy to self doubt when you're new to this. I cant help but laugh when he snuffles though. He makes the funniest face! I bought some freeze dried crickets tonight and some live meal worms. He didn't seem to notice the meal worms, but loved the crickets and promptly chomped down three of them (the tiny ones) I think hes gonna be fantastic. Now if only he would stop pooping on everything (IE: our hands and shirts) ! I think that might be nerves and hopefully will cease over the next few days.
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