changing color?? - Hedgehog Central Hedgehog pet care & owner forum
Hedgehog Central GalleryForum Archives Facebook Link

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 01-13-2012, 09:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 5
Unhappy changing color??

My hedgie is about 4 months old


The majority of her quills are a blonde color with a golden root. I gave her a bath today and after I noticed that she seemed to have some areas in the back & sides of her that were solely white...the areas look new; they definitely were not there prior. I just wanted to ask around and see if anyone could maybe explain whats going on? Is she quilling or something else? She has been sort of hostile today and yesterday but I thought maybe she just wasnt happy about her bath lol.
jordan_adam_hedgies is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 01-13-2012, 10:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
Member
 
hanhan27's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 1,897
Default Re: changing color??

The guideline for quilling is about 6, 9, and 12 weeks, but not all hogs are the same. My hog Milly quilled at around 3.5 months old in addition to the 6, 9, and 12 weeks (and she quilled from 7 to 12 weeks). Quilling can change a hedgie's color dramatically. Milly started off with fairly dark brown quills with pinto spots. Now she is a lighter brown and all of her banded quills end in a white tip - she is so much lighter that you can barely see her pinto spots since they blend in so well.
__________________


This message was brought to you by Mildred the Hedgehog's slave, Hannah! ^.^
hanhan27 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-14-2012, 02:35 AM   #3 (permalink)
Member
 
moxieberry's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Port Orchard, WA
Posts: 2,278
Default Re: changing color??

The most dramatic color change is usually at the 9 week quilling, but hedgehogs can change color after that as well - and like hanhan27 said, sometimes they'll go through quilling at different times or after 12 weeks. You can tell whether she's quilling by looking closely at her skin to see if there are any quills poking up out of it. Sometimes they'll appear as just little tips showing through, and sometimes they'll be pretty much full-length, but you can tell whether the longer ones are new quills by whether they attach to the skin by the very tip (which allows for them to be angled in all different directions when the hedgehog prickles or balls up) or whether they're embedded at a wider section of the quill; the latter won't be able to go in different directions, so they'll still be angled backward/laying down even when the hedgehog prickles.

It's also possible that it's kind of an optical illusion. Sometimes the white parts of quills will rest against each other in just the right way to make the white more dominant in a certain area. Even if those sections of quills are now entirely white, it's not pinto spots unless the skin underneath them lacks pigment; and if those areas had colored/banded quills before, pintoism isn't possible there. Pretty much all hedgehogs have some number of completely white, unbanded quills, usually dispersed evenly - but sometimes they'll happen more in little clusters.
__________________


USDA licensed breeder in Port Orchard, WA.
Volcano View Hedgehogs
moxieberry is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Hedgehog Central Hedgehog pet care & owner forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in




Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Changing what Litter I use Angy Liners & Cage bedding 3 02-16-2013 06:09 PM
Changing to liners? elishax Liners & Cage bedding 2 11-02-2011 07:49 AM
New Owner - Changing too much? pokey_panda General Questions 7 06-15-2011 03:22 PM
Changing Liners Lilysmommy Health 2 07-19-2010 07:51 PM
changing her name!! ILOVElily Off Topic 4 12-14-2009 07:01 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:00 AM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.1
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
PetGuide.com
Basset Hound Forum Doberman Forum Golden Retriever Forum Beagle Forum
Boxer Forum Dog Forum Pit Bull Forum Poodle Forum
Bulldog Forum Fish Forum Havanese Forum Maltese Forum
Cat Forum German Shepherd Forum Labradoodle Forum Yorkie Forum Hedgehog Forum
Chihuahua Forum Cichlid Forum Dart Frog Forum Mice Breeder Forum