African pygmy hedgehogs can live anything from three to five years and unlike small pets like hamsters or guinea pigs, they are carnivorous. They love cat food and will devour chicken, cooked minced beef and are particularly fond of turkey.
Because Pygmy hedgehogs are nocturnal, they sleep all day and then come alive as the sun goes down. They may be tiny, but if left to their own devices, these little creatures can cover quite a distance – up to eight miles in one night. They love their exercise wheels for this reason!