A hedgehog’s lifespan can vary depending on the breed of hedgehog, his living conditions, and any preexisting illnesses. If you’re interested in having a hedgehog as a pet, you will certainly be interested to know how long you can expect your hedgie to live.
Lifespan of Hedgehogs in the Wild
In the wild, hedgehogs are much more susceptible to harsh weather conditions, predators, and injury than they are in domestication.
For these reasons an a number of others, wild hedgehogs have a much lower lifespan than pet hedgehogs, typically between 2-3 years, although they have the potential to live up to 6 or 7 years.
Lifespan of Pet Hedgehogs
Pet hedgehogs are in most cases a breed called African Pygmy Hedgehog. These are smaller than most wild hedgehogs, and since they will be under your care and away from predators as a pet, they can live quite a bit longer than wild hedgehogs.
Typically, pet hedgehogs live between 3-6 years, although the averages can span anywhere between 2-8 years. Estimates do vary by sources, but we’ve found that 3-6 years seems to be the safest bet.
You can boost the chances that you hedgehog live the healthiest, longest life possible by making sure to select a healthy hedgehog from a reputable breeder, cleaning him and his environment regularly, feeding him the right types of foods, and allowing him to get some exercise and socialization time each day. For more information on caring for a healthy hedgehog, click here.