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Old 11-03-2014, 02:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm new to owning a hedgehog and still am learning things. I have uv lights for my hedgehog and use a black light, 100 watts. I've noticed she has become extremely inactive at night and not as friendly. She was quilling a little bit ago, but now she is no longer and is still continuing to act like this. She gets up to eat and drink, but that's about it. I don't know if she's trying to hibernate, if the lights or bugging her or what.. I could use some advice. Thank you!
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Do you know the temperature in her cage? Black lights are not recommended for hedgehogs because they can see the light from them. The best way to heat your cage without any light is to use a Ceramic Heat Emitter, they give off heat but no light. You will need to have it attached to a thermostat to control the temperature and keep it steady. You also need to make sure she gets 12 -14 hours of light a day. This is as easy as turning on a lamp or overhead light in the room.

For now, when you pick her up is her belly cold or warm? If she feels at all cold then you need to warm her up by putting her against Your body for warmth and need to keep her cage between 72-75*F.
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Her cage averages about 73 to 74 degrees. Her stomach usually doesn't feel cold. I just know I don't hear her running around at night anymore. Do you know where to buy those ceramic heaters? I live in a state where hedgehogs are not the most common.
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You can buy them on Amazon, specialty reptile sites, Petco & Petsmart's sites, at pet stores, etc. There's a lot of posts about CHE emitters - you can probably click on almost any post in the Heating section & it'll discuss CHEs and many posts also have links for buying them.
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you want to look for heating in the reptile section of a pet store.
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Do I have to buy a specific color of bulb or lamp stand?
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You will need a regular reptile lamp that is large enough to use a 75+watt bulb. The lamp will probably be black. You may or may not need a stand depending on the kind of cage you have? I just put mine on top of the cage bars.
The bulb will probably be white or black and has a flat head with a coil. It looks nothing like a regular light bulb.
You also need a thermostat! Like this one... I use this and it works pretty well. These are slightly less common in pet stores.

Amazon.com : Zoo Med ReptiTemp 500R Remote Sensor Thermostat : Pet Thermometers : Pet Supplies Amazon.com : Zoo Med ReptiTemp 500R Remote Sensor Thermostat : Pet Thermometers : Pet Supplies
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Please look at other threads in the heating section. All of this is discussed many, many times, including links to exact recommended products.
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I already have a stand so im assuming it will work. The white bulbs give off no light as well?
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The bulb you need will emit no light. You need to make sure you get a fixture designed for ceramic heat emitters and a ceramic heat emitter bulb
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