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Biting and cage behavior

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Ive noticed that Prick huffs and Puffs when I pick him up and contuies to for any where between 15 seconds and 2 minutes before he explores my hand. I can have him out for a good 15 minutes just holding him in a wash rag and he wont hiss or click, just try to explore. How ever when I set him back down in his cage he flares up the second I put his blanket over him.

Another thing ive noticed is that when he finds a new scent he does a bit more then nibble, he tried to take a small bite. So far he has gotten me twice and my brothers friend once. My brothers friend had a red mark on her hand where she got nipped.

The nips were more out of curiosity then harmful it seems. Is there any way to teach Prick to be a bit more gentler when he is curious? And does any one else have the same cage issue? IE fine when they are out but not when they are put back?
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I've been bitten by Pepper a couple times too - I know it wasn't out of anger, though, because he licked my finger first and then bit. I guess they smelled yummy :lol: But I don't think you can really teach a hedgehog what's acceptable to bite and what's not. I don't know if they're colorblind or not (I'm guessing they are), but I don't think they'll know the difference between a yummy-smelling finger and a piece of chicken ;) So all you can really do is what melissa said - keep your fingers away from his mouth.
I never thought of that but it's a good idea! Although I don't think I'm going to grow my nails out really long just for that reason :lol:
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