The animals listed below are examples of alien species regulated by Georgian law. The exotic species listed below cannot be kept as pets in Georgia unless otherwise stated. This list is not exhaustive. And there`s the catch. In fact, we couldn`t even upload a special permit application somewhere on the Pennsylvania Game Commission`s website. The above quote is from a 2018 special permit application posted elsewhere on the internet. We have no way of knowing if there will be any updated apps after that. We are pleased to announce that Fairfax County, Virginia, where Washington DC is located, lifted the ban on hedgehogs on January 22, 2019. In addition, no permit is required. Mark one for the needle mouse! Please note that this list only concerns the legality of the African dwarf hedgehog in the United States. If you have any news or updates to improve the accuracy of this list, please contact us with a source! Hedgehog rules in the United States are strict and it is possible to lose your hedgehog if you do not comply with the requirements of the state.
However, most states allow them. Here is the list of states that allow hedgehogs as pets: So the basic story about hedgehogs is that they are adorable, but no, they don`t make the best pets. The luck of the animal should be the most important consideration when deciding to adopt one, and in this case, it is quite safe to assume that the hedgehog will be happier in its own world than yours. Not all animals are cute in adulthood, but hedgehogs are. These small nocturnal collectors hail from Europe, Asia, Africa, and the internet, where you can find memes of them wrapped in tea cups and taking bubble baths. It`s no wonder that people want to keep hedgehogs as pets because they`re arguably as cute as miniature horses, but here`s the real question: is it advisable to welcome a hedgehog into your life? Below is a list of places where it is illegal to own a hedgehog. From African pygmy hedgehog, this list refers to the domesticated hedgehog commonly bred and sold as a pet, not to a specific African hedgehog breed. California is definitely not on the list of states that allow hedgehogs as pets! In the Golden State, they have a tough stance when it comes to having hedgehogs as pets. We have read and will repeat that the current laws are based on fear and/or ignorance. The terms “etc.” and “all species” are keywords that cover the application of the law for anything not explicitly stated in the code.
Hopefully one day there will be an exception that says all species except Atelerix albiventris; or any other normally domesticated species. Until then, if you want to own a hedgehog in Georgia, ask permission and pray for them to grant it. Strangely, they allow licensed breeders to have hedgehogs as long as they`re not sold in the state — but no pets! It is legal to own a hedgehog in all states and some cities except a handful. Unfortunately, California is one of the states where it is illegal to own a hedgehog. As I understand it, a license for a hedgehog can be issued in California for educational purposes, but it is rarely issued. If you still want to apply for a permit, call the California Department of Fish and Game. They have all the apps and can tell you what it is. If you don`t live in California and want to know if it`s legal to own a hedgehog in your state, here`s a list of states and counties where it`s illegal to own a hedgehog: California, Georgia, Hawaii, Nebraska, New York, and Fairfax County, Virginia. A permit is required to own a hedgehog in these states: Arizona, Maine, New Jersey, Wyoming, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. hedgehogs can easily become obese; If they can no longer roll completely into a ball, this is a clear sign of obesity. Conversely, hedgehogs often stop eating in stressful situations, such as when they get used to a new home. The Romans domesticated a relative of the Algerian hedgehog in the 4th century BC to use for meat and quills as well as pets.
 The Romans also used hedgehog skins to clean their scarves, which made them important for trade and prompted the Roman Senate to regulate the trade in hedgehog skins.  Quills have been used in the training of other animals, for example to save a calf from breastfeeding after weaning.  We believe that fear and ignorance create undue restrictions when it comes to laws affecting hedgehogs as pets. They are not rodents or pests.