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New here and just got a hedgehog named Reggie. Found this site because I was looking for what might have been wrong with him and learned he was trying to hibernate from this site. So thank you for everyone here, but I dont know why hibernation kills them. If they do in naturally then why does it kill them in captivity?

Also i have realized I need a heater but the links on the site are dead so a link to all the stuff i might need would be great. The cage is a wire cage but probably 3ft by 1.5 ft

Also I use the bedding for like hamsters but I notice most people here dont, is there a reason for that?

Thank you for all the help
 

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The breed of hedgehogs we have originate in Africa. They don't hibernate, since it never gets that cold there (in the parts where the hedgehogs live, anyway). European hedgehogs hibernate, but they've evolved just a bit differently from our hedgehogs, so they are able to hibernate.

If you mean you use that hamster fluff, it's not safe for hedgehogs, so you should change immediately. If it's kiln dried pine or aspen bedding, or paper bedding, it should be fine.
 

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XD I feel like I copy and paste this quote a lot :p I checked the links, they all work
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I have a heat system like used for reptiles to heat my hedgehog's cadge. You can get heating systems that just heat the cadge for a really great price at http://www.reptilesupply.com/

If you want to go with a heating system like I have that you can set on top of a wire cadge or clamp to the side of an aquarium you will need something similar to each of the following
Thermostat
This is the one I have, it's not the best, but it is functional. http://www.reptilesupply.com/product.php?products_id=75
Lamp Clamp
http://www.reptilesupply.com/product.ph ... cts_id=402
Ceramic Infared Heat Emitter Bulb
http://www.reptilesupply.com/product.ph ... cts_id=742
Digital Thermometer
http://www.reptilesupply.com/product.ph ... cts_id=392
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A lot of people here use fleece liners. It's easy to clean, easy to see if there is something wrong. It's dust free, mite free. If your hedgie can litter train, makes it even easier. If you do a search for "fleece liners" here, you will find lots of great info on why others use it, and what they use, etc etc.

As Kelsey said, these are African Pygmy Hedgehogs, and not wild European Hedgehogs. They are vastly different, in looks, in size, in diet and environment. European hedgies are built to hibernate, ours aren't, and they just lack something that allows them to come out of hibernation. So our hedgies need to be kept at temperatures of around 72-78ºF
 

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Also, our pet hedgehogs have been in captivity for long enough to outgrow the ability to survive extreme temperatures. They can go into hibernation, but can't pull themselves back out. That is why they die when they hibernate.
 
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