African Pygmy Hedgehogs are actually a hybrid originating in the Northern and Central Africa. They are nocturnal which means they are most active at night. With the proper care they can live for 4-8 years. A hedgehog should be allowed to smell your hand before you pick him up as this act makes him feel more comfortable while being held. During the day they prefer to be under the cover of a small blanket or a small animal hut.