Are Hedgehogs Nocturnal, Crepuscular or Diurnal?...

Jun 6, 2013 by

Nocturnal vs. Crepuscular vs. Diurnal The time of day during which animals are awake are generally described as nocturnal, crepuscular or diurnal.  These terms can basically be defined as follows: Nocturnal – Animals that are awake primarily at night Crepuscular- Animals that are awake during late evening and early morning Diurnal – Animals that are awake during the day Some hedgehogs may exhibit crepuscular activity, meaning they are active in early morning and early evening, but hedgehogs are generally considered to be primarily nocturnal in nature. No matter how the hedgehog is technically defined or described, each hedgehog is going to have his or her own schedule of activity or routine. Built for the Dark Many hedgehog experts and enthusiasts agree that hedgehog senses are adapted to work best at night. Whether naturally active at night only or dawn and dusk, the point is that hedgehogs are active when the levels of light are very low or even pitch black. Hedgehog activity typically is not determined by the hour of the day, but rather by the level of light. Hedgehogs have very poor eyesight so their other senses are sharper to compensate for this weakness. Generally speaking, the world is much more calm and quiet during the night. Hedgehogs are known to be naturally timid and afraid of new things, such as strange smells or sounds. There is less noise, movement, and distraction on...

Activity Levels Of Pet Hedgehogs

May 27, 2013 by

 Nocturnal, Crepuscular, and Diurnal Defined Animal activity is defined as nocturnal (nighttime), crepuscular (twilight – early morning and late evening), or diurnal (daytime). Hedgehogs are typically described as nocturnal or crepuscular. Most pet hedgehogs sleep during the day, only coming out for an occasional snack or drink. Our article ‘Are Hedgehogs Nocturnal, Crepuscular, or Diurnal?’ describes this topic in great detail, with many sources and opinions provided. Hedgehog Activity at Millermeade Farms Almost all hedgehog activity at our place, occurs when we turn off the lights for the night. We feed all our animals in the morning. Many hedgehogs come out to greet us and have snacks, but all quickly return to their slumber. Throughout the day, hedgehogs may get up to have a drink or a bite to eat, or use the litter pan, but for the most part there is very little daytime activity. On cage-cleaning days, weaning days, and days that we rotate our breeding animals, there is quite a bit of activity. Hedgehogs love to explore their clean cage and then usually go right back to sleep. Are Hedgehogs Lazy? You may think your hedgehog just sleeps all the time, but most likely they are active when you are not. Customers frequently ask questions about and comment on their hedgehog’s lack of daytime activity or their “laziness”, and wonder if this is normal hedgehog behavior. Our former ‘Critter Connection’ website answered...