What Do Hedgehogs Eat?

What do hedgehogs eat?

People always love to have a best companion to share some quality time with them and the companion may be a friend, well wisher or close family member, but most of the time people choose their pets as their best companion. Having a pet is an awesome feeling for all people to enjoy their life with little creature with plenty of love and affection. When it comes to pet growing, people have several options in choosing their pets such as cats, dogs, rabbits, birds, squirrels and many more. In the list hedgehog also takes a major place in the people pet wish list and most of the people now show more interest to have a hedgehog pet. Many people can think weird to have a hedgehog as their pet, but they are small creature with unique appearances and perfect choice for small pet care.

However, each animal has certain characteristics based on that their care also get differed likewise the hedgehogs is an rodentia so they always need to have high nutrients to survive when compared to other pets. Because of this reason most of the people struck in confusion to have hedgehogs as their pets but apart from this reason hedgehogs remains to be a pet which always requires special care from the pet owner. If people wish to have pet care with keen care then hedgehogs remains better choice for them.

Do hedgehog pets needs diet control?


Hedgehogs are small creatures that require more care and affection from the people, however people show more interests in hedgehog pet and they also should be aware about their food dieting. Many can think that hedgehog’s food diets are similar to other pet’s food diet but in real it is not like that. The hedgehogs always need high nutrients foods moreover in common the hedgehogs can be grown as insectivores or as omnivores too it is mainly based on the food source provided by the people. As the food diet is completely different for hedgehogs people would get confused often in order to avoid that here are some of the best hedgehog food are listed below.

  • Mealworm:

Mealworm is a good source of chitin that has good source for mental stimulations. The chitin is full pack of protein source and fiber content which is commonly found in exoskeleton of insects. The only difficulty is the mealworm run in and around so hedgehog has to work hard to catch them up.

  • Waxworms:

Waxworms are fat inspect species but the chitin content is low when compared to mealworms. Thus the live waxworms remains to be a big treat for hedgehog’s to have high nutrition food.

  • Fruits:

Fruits are also rich in nutrients but when it comes to hedgehog’s only small amount of fresh fruits can be offered to them. Moreover in fresh fruits only apples, bananas, melons, berries are commonly chosen for hedgehogs. Apart from these fruits others are restricted that too especially dried fruits should be avoided in the food dieting list.

  • Vegetables:

Vegetables are another nutritious food for pets offered by people even hedgehogs also enjoys some vegetables options like fresh tomatoes and green beans. While offering these vegetable it is more important to cook them and squash them then served to the hedgehog to enjoy their treat. Even then there are some restrictions available in feeding vegetables too. The pet hedgehogs do not treat with dry vegetables and also vegetables rich in starch such as potatoes, corn, carrots and so on.

  • Cooked meat and eggs:

People can also offers protein rich foods to their hedgehog pet such as cooked chicken meat or canned dog or even cat foods which have low content of fat. Continues meat treat is also not good for hedgehogs so it is better to provide boiled hard eggs to the pet occasionally to keep up the protein level in the treat.

All above listed food items remains as a better treat for hedgehog’s pets but all these foods could not be provided by people to their pet hedgehogs. Rather people can get hedgehogs kibble or cat kibble as they are easily available and are also rich in proteins. Moreover in the kibble canned foods there are 20% of all proteins, resins and nutrition thus it is remains as best hedgehog food.

Best Water Filters for International Travels

Water filters are available for people who want to travel to another country. Technology has come a long way since the old car and light bulbs. Water can now be filtered beyond the power of the sewer filtration system. Receive water that is 100% free of bacteria, chlorine, dirt, and other chemicals that exist in nature’s water. Moreover, water outside USA is not filtered as good as the water inside USA. That’s why you feel something thick or salty in there. Some countries do not care about their faucet water. Those countries believe that having faucet water that cleans is more important than having water you can drink. Think about getting one of those water filters. May be the only thing that can give you a nice refreshing drink over seas. More ideas for why you should buy one below.


How Do Water Filters Work

Water filters work in ways you wouldn’t believe. Taste water from a filter that hits your body and brings you full health. Water filters are designed to eliminate viruses that come from the water. Outside substances dissolve like a dish washing machine with detergent. Thousands of viruses erupt from nature’s grasp. Purification from water filter are instructed to strip out the smallest of viruses.Each bacteria in the water will be stripped out. Virus from humans and animals contaminating water will be also be deleted. You won’t get anything entering your body that is going to cause you problems. No longer will you have to worry about heart problems, bathroom problems, cooking problems, and teeth problems. In addition, you won’t have to taste the nasty water that drips from hotel faucets. Get your hands on the best filter water bottle and other filter water supplies soon.

Consider Getting a Water Tablets for Drinks

Water tablets is something you should get before you head out to get another international drink. Its nice seeing another country and absorbing the culture. But, you need to aware of the local water. If the water is bad in that country, there is a chance your going to taste it in the lemonade or beer. So, look into aquatabs pills for drink water filtering. Theses little babies have the power to filter your drink just by you dropping one in a cup. That’s all you need to do. Open the bottle and drop one in a cup. Aquatabs have been used in third world countries to treat water problems. They also have been used to make water with a range of 180,000 – 360,000 liter purified. They are the best of the best when it comes to pills changing dirty water into clean water. However, you need to wait 30 minutes for the water to filter. It is a little bit of time. But, whatever filter you use takes time to filter water.

Alternatively, bring the best filter water bottle with you and add your drink to the bottle. Although they are mostly designed to filter water, some can filter other liquids and alcohol. Check the type of water filter bottle you bought to see if it is capable of doing that amount of liquid filtering. Expect the water filter you bottle to take some time for the filtering as well. It would only be probable to wait a little while for the filtering process to began in a substance that is mixed with water. So, try this alternative in the event your not comfortable with using aquatabs or some other pill filtering process.

Water Filters Last for Short Periods

Correspondingly, water filters last for a short period of time. They last for a period of about 2 to 4 months internationally. Don’t expect water filters to last you a life time. There are some companies that claim that last a life time, but that is highly untrue and you should use your head. Probably, you can get 6 months out of that water filter device for international trips. For USA water filtering, a year or two is possible. In foreign countries, the water is very different and built different. This means the soil is different and the machines that filter them are different. Basically, many variables occur that can prevent your water filter device from lasting a year internationally.

Portraits Collection Part 3

Below is the 3rd and final Portrait for now as I am becoming overwhelmed by work on a range of projects! The one was shot after an early morning sunrise shoot on a trip in Nepal in 2008.  I was there shooting a film on the Nepali Womens Kayak Expedition and on one of our days off I headed up a hill near Pokhara looking out towards Machhapuchhre.  This old man was just sitting chilling watching the morning go by.  Enjoy, Josh

nepal man

-Old man – Photo © Josh Neilson

Portraits collection

Over the past few years I have been photographing my adventures and the people I meet along the way.  People’s faces and expressions have always interested me so I have started pulling some old shots out from various missions to share with you all. Here is one I shot in Nicaragua in 2007 while on a surfing trip down there.  The man is a walking guide up Mt Maderas (1394m).

Volcano man
Photo © Josh Neilson

Portraits Collection Part 2

During a trip to Thailand in 2010 I was behind my video camera a lot and shot some footage of this lady tending to her livestock. While I was filming Toni George shot a photo of her and I have edited it here.  I wish I had pulled out my SLR and got some shots too but I think Toni has done a good job here.  I cropped it down a lot to get the final product.

Thai Lady
Photo © Toni George

Extreme sports Veko filming with Jokke Sommer

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Gudvangen BASE site – Amazing day!
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– The view from the top! Jokke in front right after take off

So things have been so busy in the last week I haven’t had time to post anything! Firstly Extreme sports week started here in Voss and it was raining pretty hard for the start of the week meaning a lot of the comps were postponed or canceled! Luckily we were able to shoot some sweet kayak footage and get some edits done! My job for the week not only to film my own film was also to film and edit the ‘Todays videos’ for kayaking in the festival tent. I was stoked to work with Julian, Hugh and Finn to make some funny films and was stoked that I was awarded Best film of the Todays Video!

With the bad weather I was forced to shoot the interview with Jokke Sommer indoors but the content was great and it shouldn’t be too bad in the final film. With a bit of good weather on the way we headed out to Gudvangen to film some BASE shots. Day one was not a big cliff and Jokke just busted out a double back flip into a straight base without his wingsuit. Then it was back to work with kayaking the next day for the race where we busted out a quick edit on the race mixed with a bit of dancing!
– My ride for the day
Luckily the BASE day was postponed to saturday and I was able to fly up to Gudvangen exit point and film there! I was up on the lip of the cliff all day and watched all the jumpers have sweet jumps! Jokke busted out 2 sick lines one left and the last to the right buzzing the cliff and trees on the way down with his buddy Tom. From here we flew back to Voss in time to gear up for Prize giving where Sam and Toni won their head to head races and I got a sweet new Gopro for best film.
– Teams race prize giving
Next up was Fat Freddies Drop in concert and the rest is history! What an epic week of filming and hanging out with awesome people! So inspired by all the sick athletes out there doing what they love! Stay tuned for more updates as the film is coming together fast now! Stoked on all the support from people who have made this film happen so far! Big things on the horizon!
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– Team Gopro on take-off – Such nice guys!!
– Jokke checking his wingsuit
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– Base day 1 – Most chill people I’ve met!
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-Brothers Sutton at the teams race

Amazing with Mike

After a short stop in Vail for Teva Mountain Games to watch the Kiwi’s dominate the kayak races again I headed back to California for a week to sort out computer troubles and get ready for Norway. With a day to spare my computer was returned with a new hard drive and none of my programs but luckily I had all my footage backed up! On Wednesday the 15th June I boarded a plane to Bergen, Norway and after 3 flights and a short train ride up the valley to Voss I was sitting with a beautiful view over the lake in Voss at Mike and Margis Abbott’s house. A late night was spent catching up on old times then at 1am with full light outside it was time to catch some rest after the long journey!

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Mike on the first drop of ‘Double Drop’ on the Urdlandselva
– The boys scouting ‘Double Drop’
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-Mike on the first narrow entry to waterfall

On Saturday we went out to film some kayaking and the first river was too low but ended up filming on the Urdlandselva and got some great shots. Today was spent over the other side of the lake shooting the interview with Mike for his segment in the film. Inspiring answers and I’m looking forward to matching it all to sweet footage within the film!

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-Mike talking about kayaking – Its good!
One of the cool quotes from the day was “These feelings can last for the rest of the day, and on into the night. But I love the thousand yard stare expression. After a big day on the river with a lot of nervousness, highs, focus and elation there is little left but to sip your beer and grin stupidly”.
We will be filming more kayaking this week and then its time to focus on the BASE segment from next weekend onwards! Check back soon for more updates!
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– Below the normal takeout
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-Julian and Mike scouting

Alison Lake stand small

Alison Lake stand small
– Filming with Alison Gannett in Colorado

I have just finished spending a few days near Paonia, CO with Alison Gannett for the ski section of ‘Transcendence’. It was a super cool time and interesting working with her.
More coming soon!

Brisbane – Transcendence Interview week 1

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– Brisbane city central with some cool big ball sculptures

Week one has gone good so far and Im excited to see the film taking some shape. I arrived on Sunday and Kurt who I went to high school with picked me up and we went back to his place. With Monday here in Australia being a public holiday I had some extra research time so I chilled out at the house so I was ready to go the next day! I met up with Dr Eric Brymer on Tuesday to talk over the thesis and the film so we were on the same page for shooting on Wednesday. It was great to hear his thoughts and and was able to get a better understanding of his work! Thankfully Kurt had a spare car and a navigation system so making my way into the city each day was not too much stress! We then spent Wednesday shooting the interviews which will act as the structure and educational backing for the film as well as a bit extra just incase.

I spent the evening logging the footage and backing it up on multiple hard drives so I don’t loose any.
We had Thursday set aside incase we needed to reshoot anything but it all seemed to be in order so that was cool. No doubt as the film comes along i will come up with more questions and things so lucky Brisbane is pretty close to NZ and I can return later if needed!
Today I jumped on the train and headed into the city center to check out the sites! The Art gallery and Museum were amazing and the city center was the busiest street I’ve ever seen! I had to laugh a bit as my reason for being here is to shoot a film exploring alternative theories on extreme sports athletes contradicting the “Crazy” perceptions out there.. As I sat in the main street watching all the suits weaving their way through the other suits to get some food and exercise in during their 30 min lunch break it reassured to me that my lifestyle choice is far from “crazy” and especially compared to these people!
Tomorrow I jump on a plane for a short stopover in Auckland before I head on to the Bahamas where ill meet up with William Trubridge for the next part of this adventure! Keep looking back here for more updates!
Ball room
– Inside a exhibit at the Brisbane Art Gallery – room with mirrors and glowing balls
waterfall pic
– Even in a place with no water I found a waterfall! Cool painting!
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 Advertising sculpture for lighting exhibition at the Brisbane Library

– Brisbane Casino – tried my luck but didn’t manage to up the funding for the film! oh well..

Week 2 – Bahamas!!!

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-Looking up from the depths below

Week one came and went and it was time to get back on the plane for the next destination!!! With a short stop over in NZ I was off to the Bahamas. Five flights later I stepped off the plane onto Long Island. 130km long and about 6km at its widest and home to the deepest blue hole in the world. This is also home to NZ born William Trubridge, a world record holding free diver.

My plan for this part of the trip was to come out here and interview Will and shoot him in his element. Day one started at 10am as we headed down to the Deans Blue Hole for a daily training session and I was keen to check out how I was going to get the shots I needed for the film. I did a bit of diving round the surface and to get an idea of what was going to work.
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– Will catching some air after a dive
On the Island right now is a guy called Ken and another guys called Brian. These guys are super nice and cool to hang out with! We went out after the dive to celebrate Brians dive for the day getting a new personal best depth! This was my introduction into Bahamian cuisine – Conk salad and a Conk burger! AMAZING! (Conk is a large shellfish – The shells I saw were bout 20-30cm long!)
In the evening we went down the road to where Will likes to do his yoga and breathing exercises! White lime sand cliffs right on the sea as the sun went down… Priceless!
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– Sunset yoga on the coast
Day 2 was time for some dive footage. After filming a bunch with the Gopro underwater on day 1 I noticed the round lens that Gopro have on their cases do not film underwater very well at all??? Seemed strange for a waterproof camera but luckily Will had a case with a flat lens he had from somewhere else and that worked a charm and we got some sweet shots!
The guys dived up and down and I ran around the cliffs and in the water getting everything I could and came away with some great stuff!
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-Free dive under the shelf in Deans Blue Hole
Im making the most of the days here and since I had been up to film the sun rise I thought I’d head up the hill and film the sun setting too! Epic days here in the Bahamas!!! These are a few still frames from the footage shot over the past couple of days! Enjoy and keep checking back for more updates!
– Brian, Ken and Will adjusting the bottom plate depth
– The guys swimming out to the platform