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That much fluctuation can cause hibernation for some hedgies. Others won't even notice. The best thing to do is simply shut the vent in the hedgie's room. That way there won't be a breeze coming into the cage and giving the possibility of chilling him. Just keep an eye out to be sure it doesn't get too hot in there. You might also set the temperature so it doesn't go below 73-74 and make sure the cage is on the other side of the room away from the vent.
 

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super_sonic said:
i also have a questioon about heating whilst i am posting on this thread, if hedgehogs are desert animals, which desert is constantly between 75 and 80 degrees? i may be wrong but i have always been told that deserts are scortching during the day and often become freezing at night. some reaching well above 100 degrees during the day and below freezing at night, im just curious :?:
Where do you get that they're desert creatures? The original hedgehogs that ours come from came from Africa, but mainly from savanna zones. Those hedgehogs also had the ability to hibernate, but ours have lost the ability through domestication. Even if hedgies that ours came from originally dealt with higher temperatures, the hedgies most people have as pets have come through breeding to be able to cope best with temperatures 72-80.
I'm not an expert so that may be slightly off, but that's my understanding of the origins and the temperature range.
 

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Interesting. I've never heard about scorpions. This is where I was drawing my information from.

http://wiki.hedgehogcentral.com/tiki-in ... te-Bellied:
The Four-toed Hedgehog (Atelerix albiventris), or African Pygmy Hedgehog, is a small species of hedgehog found throughout much of the south-Saharan African countries, from Senegal and Mauritania in the west, to Sudan in the east, and it has been recorded as far south as Zambia. Populations tend to be scattered between suitable savannah or cropland habitats, avoiding forested areas.

This species tends to prefer temperatures between 24 and 30 °C. When it is hotter than that, it tends to find shelter in a burrow and go into a state of estivation, or when it is colder it goes into a state of hibernation in order to conserve energy.
http://wiki.hedgehogcentral.com/tiki-in ... e=Algerian:
Very little is actually known about the preferred habitat of the North African Hedgehog. It has been found in Mediterranean conifer and mixed forest climates as are present in southern mountainous regions of Spain and northern Africa. In northern Africa, it can be found from Morocco to Libya, but is not able to survive in dry desert regions around this area. It can be found in other warmer regions as well, including parts of France, the Canary Islands, and the Balearics. Within these regions, it can often be spotted in garden and park areas.
I wasn't addressing Egyptian hedgies earlier as the typical pets that I've heard about usually are four-toed or algerian. The only egyptian ones I'm familiar with are long-eared and I don't know much about them.

I've also always heard that they've lost the ability to hibernate due to domestication, not that they were never able to but I admit I'm not an expert in the field so I may be wrong.
 
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