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Is there any way I can find out Rascals age? I was told he was a few weeks old when I got him but he was 6 inches long and wieghs 12ozs. Seems I may have gotten a full grown hedgehog. I know they are supposed to quill at certain ages but I have never found one quill ever. Is there any way of knowing how old he is?
 

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Nope. There isn't a good way to age hedgehogs. Quilling is usually our best bet for determining that they are of at least quilling age. Another indicator may be growth. You should at least see growth when they are very young.

Some hedgehogs when they quill don't lose that many quills, or you may just never find them. Rose hardly lost any, but she grew in new. Those that I did find, I had to really hunt for them.
 

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I highly doubt he was only a few weeks when you got him. A decent hedgie breeder will sell hedgies around 7-8 weeks, when they are eating well on their own.

Not sure how old your little guy is, but he definitely was not that young! :lol:
 

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12 oz is 340 g for those of you who work in grams. :)

You can't really go by weight. I've had 8 week old babies that were over 300g. As Kalandra has mentioned, some of them don't have a noticeable quilling and if you are using a loose bedding you might never find a quill. How long have you had him? :)
 

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Thanks for your replies. I have had Rascal 3 months now. I am so scared of making a mistake with looking after him. Such a pity the woman could not have come clean about his age. I would still have got him no matter how old he was it's just nice to be told the true. He has bonded with us now and gives us cuddles. It took him a long time to trust us
 
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