Avian & Exotic Pet Clinic of Roanoke

Paul Stewart, DVM

(540) 989-4464

Sugar Gliders

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):
    • 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.
    Leadbeater’s Mix: 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: