Basic care African pygmy hedgehogs

The starter course on the basic care of Witbuikegls takes you through all the necessary knowledge that you really need to know before you want to keep a Witbuikegls as a pet.


This course is free and available through our external learning environment. After purchase, your account will be manually activated by us, so that you can be sure that everything is properly arranged when you start the course.


The course is available in Dutch and English and can be purchased separately. At the bottom of this page you will find the link to the courses.


After ordering the course you have unlimited and lifelong access to all course material. We do this because we understand that there is quite a lot to learn. We are happy to help with that.


The course has a total of 0 lessons, 0 quizzes and 0 exam. The exam is only to test your own knowledge, you will receive a certificate of participation after completing the course regardless of the result. You can continue to take the exam without restrictions to improve your knowledge. All course material remains available even after the exam has been completed, so you can always find it again.


Learn about the family the White-bellied Hedgehog is classified into according to science and about closely related hedgehog species.

Natural living environment

In this chapter we discuss the White-bellied Cone's natural habitat in detail, so you can understand where they come from and learn about their natural beasis needs.


The third chapter focuses on how the White-bellied Cone originated as a pet, how its popularity has increased over the years and its effects on the population of White-bellied Cone that are now kept as pets.


In this chapter you will learn more about what behavior is, what types of behavior exist, what sounds White-bellied cones make and how you can recognize behavior and actively respond to it to meet the hedgehog's needs.


The living environment in captivity is important, so in this chapter you will learn everything about housing: from the different types of enclosures to the most popular toys and how to house a White-bellied Cone as naturally as possible.


White-bellied cones are sensitive animals and therefore require special care to suit their needs. Learn how to cut nails, what to do if you cut incorrectly and how to clean and disinfect residences.


Nutrients are very important for the hedgehog to survive in captivity. And as 'opportunistic insectivores' they are very picky. That is why in this chapter you will learn everything about feeding the White-bellied Cone.


Of course you want to know how the body of a White-bellied Cone works, what function organs have and you want to build up in-depth knowledge about the common diseases. You will learn all that in this chapter.


Basic knowledge about reproduction is useful to know, especially if you might want to start breeding in the future. But even without wanting to breed, basic knowledge is useful to know that hedgehogs please themselves when they are 'in the mood'.


White-bellied cones come in many colors and patterns in captivity, which is because breeders are increasingly selecting for color and as a result more and more color mutations arise. You will learn more about this in this chapter.


Before you purchase a White-bellied Hedgehog, it is good to know what the difference is between adopting a hedgehog from a shelter, reserving a hedgehog from a breeder or buying a hedgehog from a store. But also a checklist for everything you need for a hedgehog and other things you would like to be able to prepare in advance.


The final exam of this course does not mean whether you will receive a certificate or not, but is purely to test your own knowledge. However, you must pass the exam before you can complete the course. Read the information again? No problem, you will continue to have access to the course material, even after you have completed the course!