Posted: August 10, 2012, 4 a.m. EDT
Hedgehog Banjo/Courtesy Denise McKinney
All African hedgehogs need to live in an environment that's maintained at 72 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit.
Q: I have a pet male hedgehog. I used a heat lamp on his tank before summer came, but during these past few months it has been very hot. I have stopped using his heat lamp, because I don't want him to get overheated. The room he’s in stays at around 70 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Is that OK?
A: In the summer, heat lamps are usually not needed to keep a hedgehog’s cage between 72 and 82 degrees. You can gauge this by keeping a digital thermometer on the floor of the cage. If the temperature in the cage goes below 72, but the hedgehog is eating and playing on his wheel at night, then a few degrees under or over would probably be OK.
If your hedgehog is not his usual self if the temperature hangs around 70, then use the heat lamp during the summer. If the temperature registers below 72 during any part of the day, you can then place your heat lamp on a timer.
You probably won’t need to keep the heat lamp going as much as you would in the winter, but a few hours a day while the temperature dips would be a safe way to go.
Drafts are not good for hedgehogs, so keep the cage away from direct flow from fans and air conditioners. If the room gets too hot and you don’t have an air conditioner, then place the cage on the floor; this can lower the temperature by a few degrees.
It's important year-round to maintain a healthy temperature so your hedgehog remains comfortable.
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