Although hedgehogs should be , fruits can make wonderful treats that are tasty and healthy.

Apples Bananas Blueberries Cantaloupe Cherries Kiwi Mangoes

Image Credit: Shironina, Shutterstock Some of the best fruits to feed your hedgehog include apples, pears, bananas, blueberries, strawberries, and watermelon.

For example, apples, cherries, peaches, pears, and strawberries are often grown with pesticides.

In contrast, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, kiwi, and papaya are often grown with low amounts of pesticides.

Fruits that see minimum use of pesticides are sometimes grown with genetically modified seeds.

Because fruits are so high in sugar and acid, you should not feed your hedgehog fruit frequently.

Avocado Citrus fruits Dried fruit Grapes Lemons

Do not feed your hedgehog any type of citrus either, including oranges, lemons, and limes.

Image Credit: Olha Solodenko, Shutterstock When it comes to feeding fruit to your hedgehog, there are some things you need to keep in mind.

It’s important to shop organic, feed in moderation, wash the fruit thoroughly before feeding, and cut it up into small pieces.

Organic fruit is made with fewer genetically modified ingredients and pesticides.

Because hedgehogs are so small, even a little bit of contamination can lead to serious issues down the line.

Especially fruit with thick skin, such as peaches or plums, can cause hedgehogs to choke.

Treat your hedgehog to a moderate helping of fruit, such as apples, bananas, berries, melons, and kiwi.

Always make sure that the fruit you are feeding to your hedgehog is organic, clean, and has relatively low amounts of sugar and acid.

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