Lesser Hedgehog Tenrecs...

We are excited to announce that we got our very first lesser hedgehog tenrecs! 

Our male: Stranger

Our female: Facade

All about Lesser Hedgehog Tenrecs
While lesser hedgehog tenrecs look quite similar to hedgehogs, they are surprisingly in no way related to hedgehogs. They do have quills, like hedgehogs, and can roll into a ball as well but most are much more relaxed when compared to an african pygmy hedgehog. You rarely see them ball up or exhibit defensive behaviors. Tenrecs can also climb, and they love doing it! They have long hooked claws and grasping toes to grip things with, and likely will love climbing all over you! Their cages should have things for them to climb. Wire wheels can be used with tenrecs, as they will use it as a climbing toy by climbing in place on the outside of the while.

They have somewhat similar care requirements to hedgehogs, but most do not need an additonal heat set up like hedgehogs do unless your house is constantly kept below 70 degrees Fahrenheit in the spring and summer months. During autumn and winter, their cages can be kept in the 60s. Lesser hedgehog tenrecs do go into torpor (a type of hibernation) in the cooler autumn and winter months. Usually from Sept/Oct through Feb/March. It is totally normal for them to do this, and they will be much less active during this time and eat and drink much less. Their body temperatures will drop, and their metabolisms slow down. You can still handle your tenrec during this time, they will probably just be much less active and will want to cuddle/sleep.

They do  require live insects as part of their main diet at least 3-4 times a week if not every day, and like hedgehogs, a high quality cat kibble should be offered daily as well. If you can not handle live insects, a lesser hedgehog tenrec is not for you! Tenrecs should be offered a variety of different insects, though some will pick and choose what types they will and won't eat. The kibble requirements for tenrecs is about the same as it is for hedgehogs. But the fat content in their kibble can be on the higher side (about 15-20%) since tenrecs have a higher metabolism.

Here is an example of a two story cage that I made for the tenrecs by combining a 110qt bin and a 90 qt bin.