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This is Echo. I am in Canada and was told he was albino but i hear albinos are rare so what is he? i was thinking a pale apricot or a apricot snowflake, I dont know, im hoping someone can tell me. He is a around 2-3 months old.[attachment=0:3n9rwqfm]20090304140926(3).JPG[/attachment:3n9rwqfm]
 

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Actually, albinos are pretty common in hedgies. It's the darker colors that are rarest. I'm pretty sure your little one's an albino. :) He's very cute, too!
 

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I see some color. I could be wrong but I do not believe he is an albino. I have asked Bryan to jump in on this one as I am not experienced enough with the lighter colors. But you may have an apricot white. I do see some banded quills but they are few and extremely faint. Albinos are common. Your hedgie is not an albino.
 

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I do believe this is a Pale Apricot Snowflake. Albinos are fairly common these days, but as Reaper said, there's some very pale banding in some of those quills which rules out the possibility of him being an Albino.

While Albino may not be rare, Pale Apricot Snowflake most definitely is. :)

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He looks just like my Damian.. who was also sold to me as an albino. Damian is awfully yellow for being an albino though. But, I could be wrong.


I'll post a picture and perhaps Bryan could give me a verdict too.. (please?)
 

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I think he could be a pinto too. with that little pigment, parts with none are hard too tell.
 

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After further discussion and Bryan agrees his skin coloration is greyish around the nose and if you look closely around the eyes he has a definite purplish tint. So he is an Algerian Pale Apricot Snowflake. A very rare specimen indeed. You should tell him what a special hedgie he is.
 

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thats weird, he was sold to me as an African Pygmy Albino Hedgehog but i knew something wasnt so "albino" about him. so he's an Algerian, not african? I got him for 80$CDN from a girl that bred hers.
 

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Algerian is another name for North African.

Technically he is an african hedgehog which is a breed of algerian and white-bellied, but the algerian colour is what shows on him (he can only have one colour strain or the other showing, not a mix of both)
 

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azyrios said:
Algerian is another name for North African.

Technically he is an african hedgehog which is a breed of algerian and white-bellied, but the algerian colour is what shows on him (he can only have one colour strain or the other showing, not a mix of both)
i knew that (seriously i did) but I wuz lazy right then, so i just typed simply something that said "If ur hedgie is algerian, it is still african". :p
 

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Pet hedgehogs are a mix of breeds all from Africa. They have one of two color patterns: Algerian or White Bellied. The easiest Algerian color marking is the "eye patches" or the mask extending back under the eyes. Well in really light colored hedgehogs such as Echo this doesn't apply so other color markers need to be looked at closely. One of these is the mask color itself and the skin color. A White Bellied color patterned pale apricot would not have much of any color on it's snout if any at all. Echo has a very apparent mask on his snout light though it may be. Algerian skin color is also darker usually looking greyish or purplish. Echo's skin around his eyes shows this purplish tint very well. So when you have both characteristics he is definitely an Algerian Pale Apricot Snowflake colored African pet hedgehog.
 
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