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Old 08-03-2014, 02:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question How long will a hedgie be cold before it tries to hibernate?

I don't plan on ever having my hedgie get cold, but I am just wondering how long a hedgehog will live in a cold environment before trying to hibernate? Are we talking about like the time it takes to walk out to the car in the winter time? Or could it be days of a chilly cage? Somewhere in the middle?

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Old 08-04-2014, 03:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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In my experience, it takes at least 15-30 minutes, maybe an hour or so? Definitely can happen in less than a few hours, but it does take more than a few minutes. It does depend on how sensitive the hedgehog is though. With things like going to/from the car in the winter, you do want to keep them covered up as getting chilled can still cause a URI even if it doesn't cause a full-out hibernation attempt. I usually made sure Lily was burrowed into fleece in her carrier, then covered the carrier with a blanket as well. I also made sure the car was already heated up before we went out of the house.

Also, keep in mind that hibernation attempts can sometimes be triggered by not having enough light, not just cooler temperatures.
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