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Old 07-07-2019, 06:40 AM   #11 (permalink)
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How old is he?
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Old 07-07-2019, 06:43 AM   #12 (permalink)
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5 months old so still a baby
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Old 07-07-2019, 06:56 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Could he be quilling?
This can cause bites out of no where and extra huffy behaviour.
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Old 07-07-2019, 11:38 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Have you changed the soap you use to wash your hands? That could make him think you are someone unfamiliar.
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Old 07-09-2019, 06:30 AM   #15 (permalink)
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My boy likes to bite me unexpectedly too. I'm still not sure for the reason behind him doing it. Just his temper. If everything rules out, and you didn't do anything to cause this behavior, then its probably just his habit.

I'm currently sitting with a wound from my boy too. He thought I was something to eat. Licked my finger, then bit me to try and get my skin.. They are omnivores so 😂
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Old 07-09-2019, 04:48 PM   #16 (permalink)
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As already mentioned, if he is 5 months old, quilling could be the cause. Discomfort can cause hedgehogs to suddenly bite and be overly jumpy. If he's quilling, the good news it will end, if he isn't, take a look to see if you can find a cause of discomfort. Quills poking sensitive areas, etc.

The best thing you can do though, is to keep your fingers away from his teeth until either he settles back down, or until you figure out what is causing his discomfort. Also, when you get bitten, be careful in how you react to it. Continue to interact with him, don't put him in his cage immediately. Don't blow in his face or try to 'punish' him. These actions will actually reinforce the biting and you can end up with a longer term behavioral problem to deal with.
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Old 07-10-2019, 09:16 PM   #17 (permalink)
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My hedgehog went through a time of biting just like this. It came out of nowhere and she was suddenly violent towards me for no reason I could find. I was heartbroken that my sweet cuddly girl was suddenly mean. I spent a lot of time asking for advice and didn’t find any answers. I did all of the still taking her out and not putting her away right away and none of it helped. I ended up only taking her out a couple times a week and giving her space for a few months. It was really hard but after a while she grew out of it as best I can tell. She’s now super relaxed and chill again. See what works for you but in my case the only thing I found that helped was time and space. I hope your boy gets out of his funk sooner then mine did!
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Old 07-15-2019, 07:19 PM   #18 (permalink)
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How old is he? They get grumpier if they are quilling. Cosmo has bittenme a couple times but you can't stop trying with him. If he gets away with biting making you leave him alone he will resort to that. Cosmo typically does it if I have disturbed him to early or if he's frustrated. Also the licking is generally a precursor to biting. At least it is with Cosmo.
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