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What do Hedgehogs Eat?

What do Hedgehogs Eat?
Hedgehogs are primarily insectivores, although whether they are living in the wild or as pets has a significant impact on their daily diets. Wild hedgehogs forage in grassy areas and woodlands for bugs like crickets, flies and ants. They also eat grass, berries and mushrooms, as well as larger prey such as snails, frogs, slugs, worms and even snakes. Since wild hedgehogs are great for pest control in yards, you might want to attract some by leaving out chicken-flavored cat and dog food.

Domesticated hedgehogs are usually fed specialized feed available at most pet stores. Dry cat food can be used, so long as the hedgehogs have a source of chitin, or the exoskeletons of insects, which they need to digest food properly. Hedgehogs can also be fed scraps of cooked meat, diced peanuts, raisins and insects from pet stores like meal worms and crickets. Such treats should be kept at moderate amounts, however, as many hedgehogs are prone to obesity.

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