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Old 09-05-2019, 11:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Hedgehog tends to hibernate

So I have a 5 year old hedgehog, her name is Starling. I've had her for almost a year. Here recently in the past couple months there has been a couple of times that she distances herself away from the heat lamp to where when I pick her up she is completely cold and I have to warm her back up. I know this may be signs of hibernating. But is there any way to prevent it?
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Old 09-06-2019, 12:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You can either boost the room temperature shes in (for example; by using a room heater) to raise the ambient temperatures or, you can install an additional heat lamp - so the entire cage has little fluctuation.

What temperature do you have her set at? I'd wonder if she's possibly straying from the lamp because shes too hot?
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Old 09-06-2019, 01:31 AM   #3 (permalink)
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From my personal experience, one lamp ended up not being enough for Christina. Her house is quite longer than it is wide, so there’s a lot more distance for one lamp to cover. Like Emc said, you might consider a second lamp if your hog’s enclosure is long and you can’t keep the temp up. If you aren’t using a thermometer to gauge the temp, I’d recommend that as well so that you can see if it is too cold, or like Emc said, if your hog is too hot and while going to cool down ends up getting too cold.
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Old 09-06-2019, 02:32 AM   #4 (permalink)
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The others mentioned everything just want to point out though if your hedgehog has one hibernation attempt they are more likely to try again and you should turn the heat up after the first one to a warmer temp not leave it at the same because that's probably too cold now where it wasn't before.

The heat set you get (the wattage, the amount of heat lamps needed) depends on the enclosure a bit.

Another question is do you have a good and consistant day and night cycle, 12 hours day and 12 hours night roughly. If this isnt in place and its all over the place it can cause hibernation attempts, and they can still feel cold.
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