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December 5, 2015, is the day a change in law went into effect that permits people to own hedgehog pets in Arizona.
Many people are captivated by hedgehogs, and in the last few decades, the African hedgehog entered the pet trade and joined many families in their homes. Several hedgehogs have become stars on social media.
But pet hedgehogs aren’t welcome everywhere in the United States. They are illegal to own in several states and cities. According to the Hedgehog Welfare Society, six states ban them and two cities. It’s also possible that local ordinances ban them at city or county level.
Pat Crouch, field supervisor for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, told the Arizona Daily Star that hedgehogs are now considered suitable pets.
Pet hedgehogs originated from Africa but are now bred domestically. They typically weigh less than 2 pounds and measure 5 to 8 inches long. Their life span in captivity is about 4 to 7 years. Although state law may permit ownership of hedgehogs, always check with local animal control to be sure that local laws allow hedgehog pets.