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03-28-2019 09:34 AM
Starshinepunk Thank you so much Ria! I will start shopping around
03-28-2019 05:32 AM
Ria Theres this soil called topsoil - I've been researching lol its desinged for animals that would need as a substrate and it totally hedgehog safe !!
Pro rep dessert sand - desinged for reptiles - is a good safe sand to mix into the soil too, not one with added vits and minserals though just normal dessert sand
Or kids play sand that has to be baked first is also a good one to mix with soil.

I did research to find this for you. Try looking on online reptile shops near you to find it.
Most people do it so theres more soil than sand, but some do it so its 50/50

I love the idea of adding the gravel too.
When you have it all set up show me what it looks like I'd love to see.
03-27-2019 10:51 PM
Aj.t YAS girl make it fun!!!
03-27-2019 09:37 PM
Originally Posted by Aj.t View Post
if you add some to a mixture it would most replicate the soil they’d encounter in the wild!
This was the plan, I just thought aquarium gravel would just make things a bit more colorful mixed with some safe sand or soil.
03-27-2019 09:20 PM
Aj.t Gravel wouldn’t necessarily be unsafe but rather a bit abrasive. At least if it was an entire dig box of gravel. I can’t imagine a hedgehog in the wild digging in a mound of rocks, but if you add some to a mixture it would most replicate the soil they’d encounter in the wild!
03-27-2019 03:51 PM
Ria If its bigger lthan cat/kitten litter (not the pellete ones) then I cant see why it wouldnt be safe. But wait for someone who knows a bit more to comfirm it
03-27-2019 03:39 PM
Starshinepunk Would bigger aquarium gravel be safe?
03-27-2019 01:13 PM
Ria Gravel trays from garden centres, you could make your own out of cardboard to give it more room would both work as good containers.
The substares, I believe most people use a reptile soil, and sand mix - But I'm sure Yudikma'smama will tell you as she knows more about it than me !!
I'd see how he goes with it at playtime first, and then see about adding it to his enclosure for a full time thing depending how you feel
03-27-2019 08:12 AM
Starshinepunk Any suggestions on good substrate and container? Should I leave it in his cage or just for play times?
03-27-2019 05:29 AM
Yukidama's mama It’s perfectly fine to make him a dig box using natural substrates like sand, soil etc just make sure it is the safe kind. A lot of people use play sand (just don’t want it to be dusty) and soil, make sure it’s organic so no fertilisers or pesticides have been used. Many people chose to do a naturalistic enclosure as it is more natural for them and allows them to dig and burrow to their content! it is also good enrichment. You can even put insects in there so he can dig them up!

My boy is the same. I’m planning to do the naturalistic enclosure myself as my boy is an avid digger and burrower but he’s having health issues so it’s easier to monitor on fleece for the moment. I did switch him to paper bedding last summer and he loved to dig in that so that’s another option to consider too
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