Royal Hedgehogs is the best place in North Carolina and South Carolina to find hedgehogs for sale. Reserve your baby today.

Available Hedgehogs

If you love hedgehogs, you belong here.

Royal Hedgehogs is a professional hedgehog breeding program with available hedgehogs for sale in Greenville, South Carolina. As a family, we've been professionally breeding these adorable little creatures since 2012 and have been hedgehog owners for a combined 20 years! We have a passion for hedgehogs and are fully committed to raising the healthiest, friendliest hedgehogs around. Our combined efforts and teamwork have made it possible to create Royal Hedgehogs.

Royal Hedgehogs is the best place in North Carolina and South Carolina to find hedgehogs for sale. We supply hedgehogs to zoos, educational programs, and people just like you. We hope that you'll enjoy the information found on our site and look forward to pairing you with your very own pet hedgehog. Reserve your baby today.

Visitation and pickups are by appointment only If you have any questions about our hedgehogs for sale or if you need hedgehog support, feel free to contact us via live chat or phone. founders signatures
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Why hedgehogs? It is a story that begins with our love and fascination for exotic animals. Growing up in the heart of Brazil, my father worked as the wildlife Chief of Police in our hometown.

As a child, when my father would rescue animals and bring them back to the sanctuary. He would sneak me in and let me help handle and feed some of the most amazing animals you could ever meet. This includes a long list of monkeys, endangered parrots, jaguars, ocelots, crocodiles, turtles, etc.

My favorite memory was interacting with a few hedgehogs that he had confiscated. The hedgehogs were illegally imported into the country. I rememember the hedgehogs curling themselves into little balls of spikes and thinking how cool is this!

When I grew up, I moved to the United States where of course hedgehogs are legal! I immediately found a great breeder and purchased my very own hedgehog. I became obsessed with all things hedgehog.

My husband Jay was the owner of Granite State Hedgehogs in Franklin, New Hampshire and with him also having a love for hedgehogs it made us a match in heaven.

We both ran the Granite State Hedgehogs breeding program for a few years before adding in our long-time friend Sam to help. Sam now runs the day-to-day operations at our shop in Franklin, New Hampshire, while Jay and I now live in Greenville, South Carolina establishing another excellent breeding program to serve hedgehog lovers in South Carolina and North Carolina.

All of our hedgehogs are pedigreed and come from far-reaching bloodlines. They're raised with passion and are handled with love. We hope that you'll come to love our hedgehogs as much as we do.

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We carry all type of supplies and complete kits to give you and your new hedgehog the best possible start. See our Supplies page for more detailed information & pricing.

Boarding services are available to make vacation street free. Let us care for your hedgehog family member. Weekly and daily rates. We provide a full cage-setup for their stay at no additional charge. You can book your hedgehog's stay right on our Boarding page.

Bathing and Nail Trimming services are available by appointement.

Hedgehog Discovery Sessions

If you're unsure whether a hedgehog is the correct pet for you or the hedgehog is to be the pet of a child under the age of 13, we encourage you to attend a session!

During our Hedgehog Discovery Session you will learn all aspects of basic care and keeping for an African Pygmy Hedgehog. You will also have the opportunity to intereact with a few of the Royal Hedgehogs Herd. There is also a question/answer section so any and all your questions can be answered.

Hedgehog Discovery Sessions are by appointment only. $25 fee per family applies.

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Hedgehog Discovery Sessions

Attend one of our Hedgehog Discovery Sessions where you and your family can enjoy a one-of-a-kind hands on learning experience. You're given the opportunity to handle baby hedgehogs and even some of our adults. We cover all aspects of hedgehog care including but not limited to habitat, handling, bathing, vet care, diet, treats, toys. The sessions do include a question/answer section so any and all of your questions can be answered.

Hedgehog Discovery Sessions are by appointment only.

$25 fee per family applies.

If you decide to purchase a hedgehog with us, the $25 session fee is applied towards the purchase price of your chosen baby.

How to purchase a hedgehog

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1. Find the perfect hedgehog

Our adorable hedgehogs are selectively bred to be friendly and healthy. They're raised with love and are excited to meet their new familes.

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2. Ask any question

Seriously, we mean it! We're here to make sure you know everything about your new hedgehog. Lifetime support is included with every hedgehog.

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3. Welcome your hedgehog home

We take care of everything. Need supplies? We've got you covered. Need delivery? We do that too! We make it easy to welcome your baby home.

What is a hedgehog?

Hedgehogs are adorable little animals. Their backs have prickly spines, and their bellies are soft and furry. When threatened or scared, they roll into a tight ball, and their spines lay almost flat when relaxed. They make a great beginner exotic pet as they are easy to care for and just plain fun. Despite their impressive display of small spines, they can be pretty friendly, and when they feel secure, their little quills feel like a hairbrush.

Hedgehogs love to explore and run around. They love critter balls, which can be a great tool to keep them in shape. Our baby hedgehogs start weaning from mom at about five weeks of age and are then handled daily and socialized when ready for their new homes at 6-8 weeks old.

What exactly is a hedgehog? No, they are not porcupines, and while they look similar, they are not related at all. African pygmy hedgehogs are insectivore opportunist mammals, not rodents like porcupines. A hedgehog's closest relative is a shrew.

An average African Pygmy Hedgehog will fit in an adult man's cupped hand weighing between 1/2lb to 2lbs in weight. African Pygmy hedgehogs have a thick coat of spines varying in color. There is no fur under the spines, but soft white or dark hair covers the belly, neck, face, and legs. Their sight is relatively poor, but hearing, smell, and taste are great.

Well-adjusted hedgehogs go to strangers with ease. They can make good "first" pets for kids with adult supervision. If you are going on vacation for a week, they usually won't be depressed or angry. They will willingly go to you when you come back as if you never left. You can purchase all of the needed supplies right on our website.

Exciting News!

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We partnered with Shark Tank's Lovepop card company to reveal the Hedgehogs in Love Pop-Up Card released on Valentines Day. The event was filmed at their headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts. The hedgehogs raced through a custom-made course as eager on-lookers took bets as to who would finish first. It was a super fun time!

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Find our hedgehogs at the Central Park Zoo in New York City! The Central Park Zoo acquired six of our hedgehogs for their ambassador program. Through their ambassador program, young children are afforded the opportunity to meet our amazing hedgehogs.

Make A Wish Foundation

Royal Hedgehogs has registed as a National Sponsor of Make A Wish. We work with them together to grant life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

Waiting List Options

Hedgehog Waiting List

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While we always try to have some of our sweet hedgehogs for sale, there are times when we sell out.

Are you looking to purchase a hedgehog for a specific date or occasion? Our Hedgehog Waiting List gives you priority access to babies before they're posted to the site. You get access to hedgehogs with the most amazing colors and markings and are guaranteed a baby.

How our waiting list works

Our Hedgehog Waiting List grants you early access to our most precious babies. The Hedgehog Waiting List is an excellent option if you're looking for a hedgehog for a particular date or if you're looking for a specific color. Don't miss your chance to reserve the baby of your dreams, as the babies do go quickly.

The Hedgehog Waiting List is limited to ten participants at any given time. We have hedgehogs for sale from $250 - $375, depending on color, markings, gender, and friendliness.

You will get to pick your baby once they get big enough to photograph

Hedgehog Basics

Lifespan: Up to 3 - 8 years

Diet: Our babies are sent home on Fromm - Gold Adult Cat food. We've chosen Fromm for its commitment to quality nutritional value. It is a complete diet, and there is no need for supplements. We free-feed our hedgehogs, offering them 1/4 of a cup of food per day. Available through our site and at pickup.

Size at Adulthood: Healthy hedgehogs can range in weight from 1/2 lb to 2lbs, about the size of a softball. In comparison, they are bigger than a rat and smaller than a guinea pig.

Captive Environments: Hedgehogs do best in a cage that is draft-free but allows airflow, is easy to clean, and escape-proof. We use guinea pig-style wire cages with plastic bottoms.

How To Care For A Hedgehog

Habitat: There are many options to choose from when choosing a habitat. We use and recommend guinea-pig-style habitat wire cages with plastic bottoms. All of our babies are gravity-fed water bottle trained. They'll also need a food dish. For bedding, we recommend using recycled paper beddings such as CareFresh or Clean & Cozy. Recycled paper tends to be the safest option since they are processed and does not pose the same risks as natural wood-based beddings. They will need a hideout, an appropriate flat-bottomed running wheel, toys, and a proper heat setup. We sell complete hedgehog cage setups, which can be picked up at delivery or delivered with your baby.

Your hedgehog's bedding needs to be changed at least every 5-7 days. When washing their cage, avoid any harsh chemicals. We use Dawn dish liquid to clean our cages. Hedgehogs require baths about 1-2 times per month using warm water, baby shampoo, and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Inspect your hedgehog's toenails and trim as needed (usually 1-2 times per month). You can cut their nails with cat nail trimmers.

Hedgehogs like to walk around and need exercise. We use 12-inch flat-bottomed running wheels, which work great in helping them keep up with their routine.

Inspect your hedgehogs for toenail trimmings. You can clip long nails with baby nail clippers.

Hedgehogs gain enrichment inspecting surroundings, exploring, and finding new smells & objects.

Hedgehogs love exploring, and they always seem like they are on a mission to explore and have fun in their playpen.

Your hedgehog would enjoy several hours of play each evening in their pen. Hedgehogs are solitary and must be separated once they reach maturity. However, if two females are raised together, they will often live together fine with little to no aggression as adults.

Diet: Hedgehogs are omnivorous insectivores and require an appropriate diet of high-quality cat kibble. You can supplement with dead or live insects and small amounts of fruits and vegetables. Feeding hedgehogs too much fruit can cause loose stool, and hedgehogs do not seem to like many vegetables.

Handling: Hedgehogs are solitary and require daily handling to build a solid bond. Generally speaking, the more you handle your hedgehogs, the friendlier they will be.

Hedgehogs have poor eyesight. It can be a good idea to place a worn article of clothing inside your hedgehog's cage, and the worn clothing helps them associate your smell as something safe.

African Pygmy hedgehogs are domesticated and are usually awake for part of the day and night. At night, typically when all the lights go off, hedgehogs come alive! Nighttime is when they are best handled.

Actual holding and touching a hedgehog can be challenging at first but will quickly become an easy task to achieve. Yes they have sharp spines, however they are easy to handle and even novice owners will be playing and holding their babies in no time. As your hedgehog gets older, their spines will soften as they grow in their adult coat.

Frequently Asked Questions