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Old 03-10-2019, 07:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I just read a Hedgehog and Tenrec specialist's post about people usually confusing the two species.

Lesser Hedgehog Tenrecs and Greater Hedgehog Tenrecs looks alot like hedgehogs, hence the name Hedgehog, but they aren't related at all. They require same care, (sort of) have the same diet, and same day/night schedules.

Tenrecs are bathed in chinchilla sand, instead of water though, where as hedgehogs aren't allowed in sand.

Now a thought crossed my mind..

What's the possibility of actually owning a Tenrec, thinking it's a hedgehog, but meantime, the seller mislabled it, or didn't even know the difference either.

I think that would be a scary mix up to be honest.

So what's the chances of our kids being Tenrecs 😂
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Old 03-10-2019, 07:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Tenrecs are indeed a fascinating animal and a great example of convergent evolution, however mixing them up with a hedgehog would be fairly unlikely I think. They have very different looking faces and very different care. They hibernate for the winter, aren’t fed cat food, etc. Your boy is definitely a hedgehog!
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Old 03-10-2019, 07:52 AM   #3 (permalink)
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They are fascinating, but according to the specialist's post, it states that they do eat a high quality cat food, unseasoned meats, fruits, veggies, and a big variety of insects like mealworms. I'll send a link to the post so that you can look at it.

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?sto...12411435560928

And the hibernation is called Torpor (such a cute name for it, if I ever get a Tenrec, I'm gonna call it Torpor, for a male of course 😂.)

To be honest, this is the first time I've read about Tenrecs, I've only seen their names around on exotic animal sites. I've never done any research, this was just something interesting I read and thought about sharing it.
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I'm not familiar with Lesser Tenrecs, but hibernation & torpor are actually two different things; it's not just another word for it. They are similar, but; hibernation is a voluntary state, torpor is more an involuntary or unplanned state. Torpor generally lasts for a short period; some species will enter a state of torpor based on food availability alone - even if its just a 24 hour nap. It's pretty easy to wake an animal who has entered a state of torpor up; whereas animals who have entered a state of true hibernation are essentially dead to the world around them.

Hedgehogs also can have sand baths; and there's much anecdotal evidence (Unfortunately we don't have scientific evidence for many aspects of hedgehog care) to suggest its benefits.
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That makes sense, since they said you can still do everything you usually do with the Tenrec even when it is in Torpor.
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If you use proper sand such as prorep dessert sand which has been filtered to make safe with no added dyes, then sand baths are comepletly safe and help with things like mite prevention and getting rid of dead skin ect. Some hedgehogs will use it as a litter tray as well as a sand bath, the ones that do this shouldnt be offered a sand bath all the time. As their ancestors are from the dessert sand baths are natural for them. Depending on how your hedgehog reacts and uses it, depends on how much you offer it. Those who use it for both at the same time only get it weekly, others can have it daily/every other day, and some people feel they should only get them once a month.
Chinchilla sand isnt good to use, its too dusty, and it can contain talcum which is defiantly not good for hedgehogs, but if people want to use it they should only use is every other week. However water baths still may needed to clean them properly, becuse you know they are pets not wild animlas that are covered in who knows what.

Theres also this diatomaceous earth. Food grade. The diatomaceous earth is also a mite preventation, and by getting the food grade one it makes it totally safe if your hedgehog should end up ingesting it. This can be offered weekly, every 2 weeks or monthly depending on you.

Some people mix the two, although most people use one or the other.

Teneracs are generally only offered sand baths, and its the same giving it to them as it is to out pygmy hedgehogs.
Teneracs and pygmy hedgehog care is very similar in certain aspects and totally differnt in others, the food is the same though, so is the bonding process their enclousres are similar. And some of their needs are different.
Teneracs make just as great pets as pygmy hedgehogs, I cant remember which way round it is but I'm sure one is smaller than the other.

I am not startig a debate over sand baths and what sand to use or if water baths are wrong or not, so anyone who wants to try, I will not bother saying anything back.
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Have you had a Tenrec before? I told my mom about them and she wants to get me one.
(I'm not totally on board with that since my hog takes up most of my time, and I'm scared to try other pets. Especially exotics.)
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I'm not getting into a sand vs water bath debate haha, I just want to clarify that there is a difference between chinchilla sand and dust. Some poor quality dusts contain talc, yes. Chinchilla sand however, if from a high quality brand, is perfectly safe to use and is absolutely of no danger to your hedgehog. My hog - and many others - have access to sand baths every day and others can do the same; it's really not a concern, theres no need to limit them to a weekly/bi-weekly offering.
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I did a great deal of research into them, I have friends who own them, but I had to make a choice between a pygmy and tenerac because of the limited space I have in my room, as well as money. I did look after one for my friend though it was great. If you have the space, time and money, they make amazing pets just like pygmys make amaing pets.
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Alright, thank you! I'll see when the time is right when I'm older, got my own place and stuff. I might then consider getting one. But my time is patched up between school, work and taking care of my current hog. Getting another pet now will only add problems to the mix. But I'll definitely keep in mind that they make good pets! Thank you for the information!
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