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Old 10-12-2013, 02:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Have you guys found ceramic heaters successful at preventing hibernation? I just got one for my new hedgie but I'm unsure if it's really doing much. He's still a baby so he stays hidden a lot so it's a bit tough to tell the difference between sleepy and lethargic.
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What temperature is his cage? Is his belly warm or cool? If cool, he isn't warm enough.
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I have two CHE's with a thermostat. I have 2 (I think 30 gallon?) enclosures connected with a tube. First I only had 1 CHE, and it wasn't keeping it a consistent temp. Then I got another CHE (one for each tub) and a thermostat, and now it keeps it at a solid 75-76. Works great!

I would recommend getting a higher wattage or get another CHE if you don't think its doing much. Also definitely get a thermostat, and a thermometer if you don't have one already. The thermostat is what really makes sure the temp stays consistent and it has made my life so much easier!!! Then the thermometer allows you to see the temp of course which is super helpful!
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His cage is around 74 degrees F at all times
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If its at a consistent temp, it would seem to be working though I would recommend slightly higher as 74 would be the minimum for me, especially for a baby. I am comfortable with 76 so if something happens and the temp reduces for whatever reason, it would still be in the proper range.

Do you have a thermostat? Those are extremely helpful in managing the proper temp. What is the wattage of the CHE?
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Agreed with Nancy - keep an eye out for a cool belly, as well as wobbly walking, and possibly a decrease in eating. Those would all be signs of not being warm enough. It is hard to tell with babies if they're not active because of warmth or because they're a baby. Keep an eye on the other cues, though, and maybe try bumping the temp up a degree or two if you're still unsure. Also make sure he's getting 12-14 hours of light, since that's important too.
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