i tried getting one and i live i. cali too but apprentally you must be licenced to own one at all... and even if your licensed they are still illegal to own in many parts of america... but they sell them in mexico so u can always just smuggle one across the border.... who has to know? right? :D
why would you want to own a hedge hog? Animals that are illigal are that for a reason. Having a pet just cause no one else has one is no reason to have one. the novalty will wear off and the hedge hog will be the one to suffer. There are plenty of unwanted animals in shelters. Please if you want a pet go there . You wont be sorry and you will have a friend for life
Wild animals aren't meant to be pets. Yes all animals at one time were feral. But it took quite a long time for the animals to adapt to a new environment. If you get a hedgehog it more than likely would have been taken from its natural habitat. Go to an animal shelter and save an animal instead of taking one that is doing just fine in its own environment.
Local pet stores, animal shelters, animal sanctuaries. There's a lot of places you could look. Look in phone books, and look for addresses online. Just call before you stop in so that you don't go there only to be disappointed when they don't have hedgehogs.