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Old 11-20-2018, 04:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy HELP, several hibernation attempts

Hi everyone,

I rescued a three-year-old girl over a month ago and everything was going great until she tried to hibernate.

She came in her own viv and the heating set up was pretty poor so I go the appropriate heat lamp and thermostat and a quality digital thermometer.

There have been 3 attempts so far and she comes out each time pretty quickly with gentle warmth and some food. She's in a quiet room that is the warmest in the house, south facing so lots of light, and an extra lamp with a timer for 13 hours of daylight in case it's cloudy.

Her heat is set to be around 23 - 25C.

Any advice will be gladly taken. She's been active still and eating plenty and stuff so I don't know what else I could do.
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Old 11-20-2018, 05:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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As you probably know a wild hedgehog hibernates at the first sign if winter. This occurs with Pygmy hedgehogs too. They feel cold so try to hibernate. This is bad for them because if they are not woken up the can starve. However you said she was warm. That rules out that. Could she possibly be too active and lacking sleep? If you think not, maybe before she sleeps touch under her belly for her temperature (Cold bad, warm good!) also check for any weight loss (hedgehogs eat off their own fat when they hibernate).

Maybe because she had a poor heating set when you weren’t with her, she might be overheated or overwhelemed with the change in temperaturesometimes this happens. But if she is acting normal and eating food, maybe it’s just deep sleeping or a thing she developed with her old owners poor heating.

Hope she gets along ok. And if in doubt, check with your vet.
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Old 11-22-2018, 06:17 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Try to have less variables between your temperatures and set it to a couple degrees higher, around 28-30C for example. That might help.
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