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Why does my albino hedgehog have orange/brown yellow spots on her quills?

Asked by trypaw (332points) October 1st, 2012

I have had my hedgehog for a little over a year, I got her when she was about 6months-1 year old. Over time she has developed these “spots” on her quills. They are orange/yellow/tan colored and are only near the middle of her body and some on her sides (on her quills) I bathe her twice a week and clean her cage twice a week. There didn’t use to be so much spots on her quills but now there is a lot? Almost like they are spreading? She doesn’t seem ill and she has had them for probably 8 months. Anyone know why? Do they just get these marking as they get older? I cannot find ANYTHING online about these spots. Please help if you can?

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gailcalled's avatar

Do you take her to the vet? Does the person you bought her from have some ideas?

trypaw's avatar

No vet in my immediate area will see her and she really doesn’t act sick at all. I don’t have any contact with the person I got her from because she was my old roommate and wont even talk to me anymore.

gailcalled's avatar

Are hedgehogs meant to be house pets?

Here is a site that has a forum and a place for Q and A’s.

trypaw's avatar

Thanks for the forum link, and yes they can be.

El_Cadejo's avatar

I dont know the answer to this question, but yes @gailcalled they make great pets. I had a friend who had one, cutest little thing.

SpatzieLover's avatar

Are you certain your hedgehog is albino?

I think it would be useful to identify the type of hedgehog you have, as some have 100% white spines, while others have bands of colors with 90–95% white spines.

Scroll down to white hedgehogs shown at The International Hedgehog Society’s Color Guide page and read which your hedgehog most closely resembles.

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