is it illegal to own a hedgehog in washington state?

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#1 Posted by Neo-ganon (5528 posts) -

I wanna get a pet hedgehog (if i ever get the money) but i am wondering if it is illegal to own one in washington state.

#2 Posted by vidplayer8 (18544 posts) -
From what I hear, its illegal in all of the U.S
#3 Posted by Shad0ki11 (12576 posts) -

It doesn't matter. If they are available and you want to buy one, then go ahead.

I owned a gerbil in California, where they are illegal. It's not like the police are going to search your home to confiscate the animal.

They don't punish people who own illegal exotic pets, they just forbid pet shops from selling them.

#4 Posted by Shad0ki11 (12576 posts) -

From what I hear, its illegal in all of the U.Svidplayer8

False.

I've seen hedgehogs in pet stores in Florida.

#5 Posted by l0ve (3173 posts) -
Its sad really, They are so cute and cuddly.
#6 Posted by Neo-ganon (5528 posts) -
its not illegal in all the u.s. i remember reading that in some states you can own them, you just need a license.
#7 Posted by mysterylobster (1930 posts) -

its not illegal in all the u.s. i remember reading that in some states you can own them, you just need a license.Neo-ganon

No, you only need a license to breed. I've owned three (in Illinois). I know they're illegal in California and Pennsylvania, and a few states that I can't remember.

Best pet ever, by the way. They're so cute and easy to care for. Taking out your hedgie at the end of a long day is a great way to relax.

*edit*

Here's some info:

http://hedgehogcentral.com/illegal.shtml

Looks like you can get some hedgie love in Wash. If you have any questions about these little quilled cuties, feel free to IM me.

#8 Posted by Nifty_Shark (13137 posts) -
I'm pretty sure it is legal to own one. They get owned by cars quite often.
#9 Posted by Zervizer (1404 posts) -
I have never heard any thing about hedgehogs being illegal here in WA. Why would they be illegal?
#10 Posted by Shad0ki11 (12576 posts) -

I have never heard any thing about hedgehogs being illegal here in WA. Why would they be illegal?Zervizer

I don't know. Projectile weapon?

#11 Posted by hell_blazer899 (1907 posts) -
to better fulfill urself, consider adopting a female dog...if u know what i mean.
#12 Posted by Xeros606 (11126 posts) -

I have never heard any thing about hedgehogs being illegal here in WA. Why would they be illegal?Zervizer

those damn thieves keep stealing all my coins! :x

#13 Posted by Lief_Ericson (7082 posts) -

[QUOTE="Zervizer"]I have never heard any thing about hedgehogs being illegal here in WA. Why would they be illegal?Xeros606

those damn thieves keep stealing all my coins! :x

Ya they always steal my gold rings!

#14 Posted by mysterylobster (1930 posts) -

I have never heard any thing about hedgehogs being illegal here in WA. Why would they be illegal?Zervizer

Some states are more restrictive when it comes to exotic pets, and they just haven't revised the law in a long time to include hedgies.

I feel bad for the people of California.

#15 Posted by freshgman (12241 posts) -
just look for one in the forest or wherever they are located
#16 Posted by mysterylobster (1930 posts) -

just look for one in the forest or wherever they are located freshgman

Hedgehogs are not indiginous to North America. The type sold by breeders and some pet stores aren't even found in the wild, being a combination of the African Four-Toed "Pygmy" Hedgehog and the Long-Ear Hedgehog. This produces a hedgehog of extreme sweetness and adorability.