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Old 05-16-2014, 12:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I know that hedgehogs need to be at really warm temperatures. It seems a lot of people have CHE heating lamps, but I am not really comfortable having that left on. The thing is, I had a heat lamp before and it caught on fire, and I've known people who have heated their cage space and it has caught fire too.

I will get one if my hedgehog NEEDS it, but does it? The room will be a constant 74 in the winter, and in the summer I am not concerned. The heat rises in the house and keeps it constantly at around 76 or 77.

I just don't want to make her feel cold, but I am really not sure I want a heat lamp. Is it necessary?
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I can't speak for the summer months, as we are just starting g summer and this is my gf and mines first time owning a hog. In the winter her building was super hot that the hogs room stayed at 75 f , But now that spring has Come her temps have dropped to 72 f. I had to find a small space heater till I can get her a che, most people on her either use space heaters or che from what I've read. So there is options, also you can use a thermostat. I use a more expensive one for my snakes, you can get cheap ones on ebay or amazon. I can't talk about summer though sorry. Hope this helps though
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I have never heard of a CHE catching fire, did you have a thermostat to control it? You always need a thermostat so your lamps don't overheat.

If you're not using a CHE you will still need a thermometer in the cage. Temperatures can differ in one room, so even if your house is 74 F it could be a lot colder inside the cage.
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Thank you!
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It sounds to me like your house is probably warm enough, but you can get a little thermometer to see what the temp. actually is inside the cage itself.
My CHE bulb burnt out and I don't intend to replace it until this winter. I have one hedgie w/ a CHE who is up on a table and another one on the floor (which has radiant heat).
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I use a temp Gun. I only have thermometers in tanks that need them. I like the temp guns cause I can check the temp anywhere in the tank any time. I'm sure it would be cheaper to just buy a thermometer for the hogs though. I just have a gun cause other critters and it's convenient.

Thermasts are also a must when using heat from bulbs or tape, it also makes life so much easier then having to constantly check things
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