What is a sugar glider?
Sugar gliders are marsupials (related to possums). The young start off in a pouch, like the kangaroo, and are called joeys. They originated from rain forests and forests in Australia, New Guinea, and Indonesia.
The name sugar glider comes from their diet, which is part nectar, sap of trees and eucalyptus, and they have flap of skin between wrists and ankles enabling them to glide from tree to tree.
Diet is the most important factor for a healthy sugar glider. Calcium is very important, or they can get hind leg paralysis. Many people do not research them and feed them wrong kinds of food. There is a lot of debate about the diet. I recommend researching and then asking your vet.
Sugar gliders are omnivorous, meaning they eat plants and meat. Food in the wild includes nectar, fruits, insects, small birds and rodents. My gliders eat Reeps Wombaroo Diet (you can see this on the Diet Page of my site), fruits, veggies and yogurt.
Sugar Gliders live in a social family setting in the wild; this is why they bond so well to human families. If they are deprived of social interaction they will not thrive. They become depressed and may even die.
Due to their social nature, sugar gliders are endearing, playful, and entertaining pets. If you get one and can’t spent a minimum of three hours a day with it, then get a second one to keep it company. They will be happy just riding around on their human; in your pocket or in one of our custom sugar glider pouches.
They tend to be fairly healthy animals. They are clean and do not give or get diseases. They do not require vaccinations. They live for approximately 12-15 years. They cannot be housebroken, but they do go potty right after waking up.
Their nails are sharp, and they will scratch you or your furniture if they need to dig in when jumping or climbing. The nails can be trimmed, however. They have sharp teeth, and though not aggressive, will bite if they feel threatened or frightened. It may take a great deal of time to get them to the point of being cuddly.
Not all sugar glider breeders are good. Many sell at trading villages, fairs or trade shows; any place where impulse buying is done. Do not buy from these places.
Cage size should be a minimum of 24 inches wide by 24 inches deep and 36 inches high. Inside you should place things to crawl around in, such as sugar glider pouches, toys, branches, etc.
If you treat your sugar glider with respect, kindness, and understanding, you will be rewarded with a devoted friend.