- African Pygmy Hedgehog Colours -
Pygmy hedgehogs, having been domesticated for several decades now, come in a whole range of different colours and patterns, some more common than others, and ranging all the way to the pink eyed, pure white albino to the dark Algerian black and everything in between. I've made this simple guide to help with identification.
- Colours -
Colours refers to the colouration on the mask, eyes, skin and banding on the hogs quills.
As African Pygmy Hogs were originally a cross breed between the White bellied and Algerian hedgehogs, they can still demonstrate this in facial markings.
White bellied are generally paler and less distinctive in facial markings, and display less mottling on the belly, while Algerian demonstrate darker masks with distinctive cheek patches.
This is clearly shown below in two chocolate hedgehogs, with the upper being Algerian and the lower, white bellied.
- Patterns -
Hog patterns are in addition to their colour and any pattern can go along with any pattern (except albino of course). I have outlined some of the more general ones below.