The ideal temperature for a hog to live in is between 21ºC and 24ºC; this can
be accomplished by using a CHE -
Ceramic Heat Emitting bulb, 150w which is then attached to a pulse thermostat and positioned on the top, central in the vivarium. The probe is then taped up the side of the vivarium, approx 4" from the bottom
Incorrect temperatures can lead to hibernation if too low and death of
your hog if too high.
**Remember to keep all cables away
from your hogs**
Hibernation attempts are common with African Pygmy Hedgehogs when not keep at a stable temperature day and night.
To prevent such attempts it is essential to give them a good heat source and
of course monitor temperatures with
a thermostat. The signs that your hedgehog is unwell and is attempting hibernation will more than likely be you find him in a tight ball, huffing and puffing and refusing to uncurl.
If it is a mild attempt they will have a cold tummy and be very unsteady on their feet. If you find this it is important that you warm them up very slowly as not to shock them. This is usually done by using a heat source such as a microwavable snuggle safe disc
or your body heat.
DO NOT BATH YOUR HOG!
Some come round very quickly but depending on the length of time they have been cold this can take a lot longer.
When the start to unball they will be very unsteady on their feet - you need
to keep them warm whilst they return
to their normal body temperature,
do not feed them at this stage.
Once they are back to normal it is important that you re-access your heating source and keep a very close eye on your hog as once they have made one attempt they are prone
to it for the season. I find it best to check your hog morning and night so should your hog be slightly cold it can be dealt with quicker. Hibernation attempts happen all year round. Even on hot summer days attempts can still be made due to the fluctuation in the day to night temperatures.