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Old 11-23-2016, 02:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The photo attached is of Tibbles. He is just under 3 weeks old and therefore still with his mother. The breeder has told me that he is a chocolate, split face. I know from reading lots of threads on 'Hedgehog Central' that his colouring could possibly change. But what I wanted to ask those more experienced is, what's the likelihood of his split darkening?
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With this colour his split (on the cheek) will probably disappear completely after a few years (could be even sooner), or be barely visible. The older they get the lighter the mask gets, but in some it fades more. It will most likely be more visible on his nose than the rest of his face.
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Ahh, so it will more than likely lighten; turn a mink colour. Thank you so much for taking the time to respond to my question. It was much appreciated. Arwen. X
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At three weeks you really can't say much about adult colouring, they can darken completely, lighten, or become a totally different colour when they quill at 9 weeks.
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I do hope it darkens slightly. But as you say Nikki, only time will tell. I'm dreading the quilling....
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His breeder sent me more pictures this morning (Please find one attached below). Isn't he handsome! I know I've got to wait but his split already looks darker to me!
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At three weeks you really can't say much about adult colouring, they can darken completely, lighten, or become a totally different colour when they quill at 9 weeks.
Well you were very right Nikki! I received more pictures of him today and he now appears to have pinto patches.
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Well you were very right Nikki! I received more pictures of him today and he now appears to have pinto patches.


He's so precious!! He really is handsome! CONGRATULATIONS!! I'm so very happy for you!


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I have yet to see a mask which darkens with age (not counting everything between 0-6 months). Many young hoglets are sold as being black and within their first or second year they'll fade so much they can't be considered more than a dark grey at best. So prepare for fading of the mask when he gets older, but he's cute nonetheless!
Since pinto is a genetic mutation which affects the skin pigments and with which they are born, those patches have been there since birth - pinto patches don't change (unlike other 'colours' involving white quills, like snowflake or high whites, or certain diseases or scars which cause pigment loss etc.).
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Only 10 days left until Tibble's comes home
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