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Hi all,

My hedgehog is about 8 months old and, according to the vet, extremely healthy and social. He's frequently around new people and is comfortable interacting with them (for a hedgehog). The issue I'm having is that very suddenly, in the last week, he's become a little too friendly- I saw his penis for the first time ever on monday and now, on sunday, have seen it twice more. two of the times I saw it he's been sitting in my lap. I thought that he had gone through puberty and reached sexual maturity a few months ago, but now I'm noticing this. Is it normal for a male hedgehog to suddenly become so horny? I'm worried about having him in my bed or on my lap now.

Will this go away after a bit? I know he'll always be sexually mature now but I'm getting upset by seeing him doing his thing all the time now.
 

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Male hedgehogs masturbate, that's normal. Some do it out in the open while others are more discreet about it. I've seen some males going through what looked like a puberty stage, where they masturbated more frequently, but they will usually do it their whole lives. These males were often a little younger though but it could be that you simply just didn't see it before, or that he used to do it when he was in his cage.

I wouldn't be too bothered by it, it's just normal for them and they have no idea of privacy like we do so yeah... it can happen everywhere :lol:
 

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My hedgehog is about the same age but mine was doing it by about 5 months old, sometimes to the point of ejaculation. It stopped after a couple weeks but I'm sure he'll continue doing it. It is completely normal, just men being men.
 
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