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A few question from a new hedgie owner.

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Hello everyone,

I just got Akeno Yesterday as an early christmas present. I've been wanting a hedgehog for quite some time now and finally convinced my mother into allowing me to have one. I bought Akeno at a local pet shop (pets unlimited) and they said he was about 6-9 months of age. I was wondering if him being older would take him longer to get use to me then a younger hedgehog. I have some concerns though. I`m at my sisters house for the holidays and will be returning to my house afterwards and I`m worried that all the travel will be stressful to him,the drive is about 40 minutes. Adding to the fact that for the time that he will be here and trying to adjust to what goes on he`ll have to repete it all over again.
Also, he seems awfully scared.I`ve only seen him move about once since yesterday,and that was when I moved him into his cage.He seemes fine there,I mean he still quills up at any quick movement and loud noises but I expected that to be normal since I`ve just gotten him. Though this morning I went to pick him up and he immidently balled up, so I sat there for at least an hour as quiet and still as I could and half of the time he made some noise. It's hard to describe, like some vibrating,huffy noise. After a little while he would settle down and peak out of his ball for a few seconds just to retreat back in. By that time my neck and back were aching so I set him back in his cage. Even then it was another 10-15 minutes untill he came out of his ball to rush under my shirt and fall asleep.
Will it always be like this or is it just going to take time? I can understand him balling up for the few first seconds or even minutes untill he decided to peak out but a whole hour?
Is there anything I can do to help make him as comfortable as possible? Expecially with the future traveling he will have to do.
Any advice would be greately appreciated, I'm going to try to be as patient as possible,I'm just eager to make buddies with him.
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I got my hedgie from a breeder about 3 hours ago, the guy had 4 he was selling, 2 albinos and 2 salt and pepper looking ones. My sister who lives with me freaks out at any animal thats albino (red eyes i guess) and the bigger salt and pepper one stayed balled up and made those same jerking movements. But the tinyiest hh he had opened up the second she saw me, i picked her up and she anointed about 3 separate times all over me in the 15 minutes I was holding her at the guys house. she licked me and licked me, bit me once, and then fell asleep on me right there. I knew i had to have her. she's only 7 weeks and 3 days old too! we took her home about a 15 minute drive and she pooped about 16 times. she doesnt have a name yet, i still havent decided on it
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