Hedgehogs: Do they make good pets?

Hedgehogs, like Glen Head reader Julia Damiano's African

Hedgehogs, like Glen Head reader Julia Damiano's African pygmy hedgehog, Mia, are interesting -- and safe -- pets. (Credit: Handout)

Q: My son saw a hedgehog on YouTube, and now he wants one as a pet. They seem spiny, like porcupines, and I was wondering if they are dangerous. People we have contacted on the Internet tell us that the spines really do not hurt, but I also found out that hedgehogs are not legal to be kept as pets in some states. If they are not harmful, then why would they not be legal everywhere?

--Cindy...

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