NightSoWindy!!!!!!!!!!!! I am thrilled that you posted the pictures of your hedghogs!!! I too have 2 African Pygmy Hedgehogs, Penelope and Spike...Penelope is the same coloring as your Lilia! (I was told she is an Algerian Grey, and Spike is a cinnocot, very light colored, sort of reddish blonde quills.
I only paid $65 for each of them.
The forums link you posted, Chins & Quills, is a great one!! I am also a member there, although I haven't posted for ages, because since I became a moderator here, I am usually too busy...
Mine eat Puriona Senior cat food, it is low in fat, which is good, because too much fat intake will kill a hedgie quicker than anything.
They don't sell regular hedgie food anywhere near where I live, the closest place to get it is 70 miles away (Des Moines) so I feed them this, and they do well on it.
My hedgies LOVE june bugs.....my stepson has a ball catching them in the summer months and throwing them in the cage ( I also use a sterilite tub, with holes in the lid) and watching them scurry around trying to find each bug, and crunching it to bits...:LOL:
What I use for a litter pan is just the 9X9 disposable aluminum cake pans, that you can get at the grocery store or walmart, they are cheap, and can be replaced once a month.
Merlin is in awe of the hedgies...I can get them out and let them run around for awhile, and Merlin tries to pounce on them, then they ball up in a ball of quills and he backs WAY off and just looks at them, like, no what the heck do I do? I can't even touch them!!!!!!!! OUCH!!
I am hoping mine will have babies someday.
Also Cleo....since I can't post a picture of the duprasi
here is a good link to answer some of your questions, and has pictures....mine are cuter though...
And the fatter the tails, the healthier they are, and mine have fatter tails than the ones pictured.http://www.rodent.demon.co.uk/gerbils/duprasi.htm
This is a good website for info about them, except this person seems to think they are a bit boring, and that is so not true, they are very loveable!!
I paid $30 each for them from a private breeder, started with two, and now have the parents and 3 kids...