Did you know...
- Sugar Gliders are marsupials, the same family as kangaroos and koala bears.
- Male Sugar Gliders go bald! Actually, they just have one bald spot on their head, which is really a scent gland.
- Sugar Gliders' hands and feet each have four fingers and opposable thumbs
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- Life expectancy is up to 15 years
- Sugar gliders need a very large cage for exercise (up to 2’wx6’hx6’l).
- Sugar gliders need a quiet daytime location since they sleep during this time. At night, when they are active, they prefer very dim lighting.
- Gliders prefer to have a cage mate, but introduction of a new cage mate requires appropriate precautions.
- Bedding should be changed frequently to prevent urine and fecal build-up leading to health problems.
- $150 - $250
- Do not purchase wild-caught individuals, feed too much fat (excess peanuts, seeds), use cedar shavings in the cages, allow free roam of the house.
- Health tips: Make certain to get your glider an annual veterinary examinations (including dental exam), appropriate parasite screening and treatment.
More frequent exams may be needed at they get older.
- House males separately.
- Do not begin breeding females that are older than 6 months of age prior to being bred as they commonly have birthing trouble and could require surgery.
- Have nails trimmed regularly. Have a veterinarian trim any corns from the front feet.
- Monitor weight regularly to check for abnormalities.
- Food (ingested percentages):
150 ml warm water,
150 ml honey,
1 shelled hard-boiled egg,
25 grams high protein baby cereal,
1 tsp vitamin mineral supplement (Vionate).
Mix extremely well and refrigerate
*NOTE: Many of the problems seen in sugar gliders are related to malnutrition:
- Feed a good quality insectivore diet (50%)
- Leadbeater’s mix (25%)
- A mix of chopped sweet potato, carrot, mango, papaya, grape and apple (20%)
- Gut-loaded crickets, mealworms or waxworms (5%)
- Provide a cuttlebone or a calcium carbonate mineral block in the cage for additional calcium access if needed.