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Do hedgehogs hibernate in January?

Do hedgehogs hibernate in January?

Hedgehogs usually hibernate from October/November through to March/April. Research has shown that each individual is likely to move nesting sites at least once during this period and so can sometimes be seen out and about. During mild winters hedgehogs can remain active well into November and December.

Do hedgehogs come out in January?

January. Most hedgehogs will be hibernating but even at this bleak time, some venture out from their nest during mild weather to find food and water. Hedgehogs lose around a third of their body weight during the long sleep.

How do hedgehogs hibernate in the winter?

During hibernation hedgehogs are not really asleep, instead they drop their body temperature to match their surroundings and enter a state of torpor. This allows them to save a lot of energy but slows down all other bodily functions making normal activity impossible.

Do hedgehogs go cold when hibernating?

So you can see how difficult it will be to check for signs of life in the usual way. A hibernating hedgehog will feel cold, you probably won’t be able to find a heartbeat (even if you do happen to have a stethoscope with you in the garden!) and breathing will be difficult to detect.

What happens if you wake a hibernating hedgehog?

If you do accidentally disturb a hibernation nest, cover it back over with a thick layer of dry leaves and perhaps leave some dog food and water nearby, so if the hedgehog does wake up, he can easily find something to eat before he goes to find a new hibernation spot and rebuilds his nest.

What temperature is too cold for hedgehogs?

Hedgehogs are sensitive to temperature changes. The ideal range is between 75°F and 85°F. However, they will tolerate temperatures between 72°F and 90°F. Hedgehogs can go into a hibernation-like state of inactivity when temperatures are too hot or too cold.

What to do if you find a hedgehog in January?

She says it needs to be taken to a rescue centre as soon as possible. Any hedgehog out during the day at this time of year is sick and needs immediate attention. Put the box in a warm dry area. Add some warmth to the box, whether it be a small hot water bottle or drinks bottled filled with warm water.

Should hedgehogs be out in February?

January and February Over winter, most hedgehogs will be hibernating. They may wake a little during their hibernation, but will remain inactive unless disturbed or when the weather has turned extremely mild.

Can you wake a hibernating hedgehog?

What should I do if I wake a sleeping hedgehog? If you happen to stumble upon a hibernating hedgehog this winter and accidentally rouse them from their slumber, it’s important to cover them back up with dry leaves and leave some food and water for them.

How do you wake up a hibernating hedgehog?

How do you warm up a hibernating hedgehog?

  1. It is very important to start to warm your hedgehog immediately but very slowly.
  2. You can place your hedgehog under your shirt next to your body.
  3. You can also warm your hedgehog on a heating pad or by wrapping it in towels warmed in the dryer.

Can hedgehogs survive cold?

When the weather turns cold these little hogs can quickly die of hypothermia so in order to help them you will need to take action straight away. Here is a suggestion of what to do: Put the hedgehog in a high-sided box or small animal carrier.

What to do if you find a hedgehog out in the cold?

  1. Place the hedgehog inside a high sided box and bring inside.
  2. Put the box in a warm dry area.
  3. Add some warmth to the box, whether it be a small hot water bottle or drinks bottled filled with warm water.
  4. Feed it some mashed up cat food and water, and then call a rescue centre.

Are hedgehogs OK in the snow?

What if I disturb a hibernating hedgehog?

So, please leave a hibernating hedgehog alone. If you do disturb a nest accidentally, cover the hedgehog back up with leaves and retreat. Make sure some food is available nearby so that if the hedgehog does awaken it has some food to help it regain it’s stores before it goes back into hibernation.

How do you look after a hibernating hedgehog?

Never Move a Hibernating Hedgehog If you should accidentally uncover a hibernating hedgehog do not move it. Cover it up again gently and leave it in peace. If you move it, you will rouse it from hibernation. This uses a lot of energy for the hedgehog, eating into the reserves it has to survive the winter.

How cold is too cold for a hedgehog?

Can hedgehogs freeze to death?

The hedgehogs fat reserves keep the hedgehog alive. If the temperature drops below 1 degrees C, a hibernating hedgehog will suffer from frostbite, and may even freeze to death.

Will a small hedgehog survive the winter?

The ones found in March and April may have struggled through the winter or they may have hibernated but at the minimum weight for hibernation, so they are weak when they emerge. The current evidence is that, if otherwise healthy, young hedgehogs weighing over 450g can survive hibernation (Morris, 1984).