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Sugar Glider

Care Sheet / Check List

 

Basic Information

 

                            What is a sugar glider?

Sugar gliders are cute little animals who love to bond with their human owner. They are unique exotic pets that are intelligent and curious, and require a special diet.

                            Where do sugar gliders originate from?

Sugar Gliders in the wild live in indonesia, New Guinea,Tasmania and Australia.

                            What do wild gliders eat?

In the wild, the sugar glider diet consists mostly of gums and saps from trees, nectar, and insects. They are also known to eat eggs and small invertebrates.

       What do wild captive gliders eat?

Having a captive glider, you can feed fruits, vegetables, and insects. A proper balanced diet should be fed, refer to the Food and Growth page.                         

                     What kind of animal are they?

They are marsupials that belong to the same family as the koala and the Kangaroo.

                            What kind of sounds do they make?

Sugar Gliders make many kinds of sounds to communicate. Like: barking, crabbing, clicking, chattering, and hissing.

 

Is a Sugar Glider the right pet for you?

 

Yes / No   

1. An approved diet will be provided,  (no pet store pellets!)

2. Your house will be Sugar Glider proof.

3. An appropriate location for your Glider cage is available.

4. At least two hours a day will be spent with your new pet.

5. Primary care will be provided by a

mature person, (18 or older).

6. Will you be committed to your glider through his/her lifespan? (In captivity they can live up to 18 years.)

7. Will you accept that your Sugar Glider will be smelly?

8. You will give your glider patience and accept your pet even if he/she ends up being a biter?

If yes was answered to all the questions then a Sugar Glider may be an acceptable pet for you. Remember a Sugar Glider is an exotic pet, and has special needs. A Sugar Glider is not an appropriate pet for everyone.

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New Glider owner, remember…

       Do not squeeze the Sugar Glider.

       Do not pull or grab your glider by the tail.

       Treat your new glider with kindness and patience; he/she does not know you yet.

       Best way to take your glider out of their pouch is by bribing the glider out with a treat. Later your pet will know you and come out on its own.

       Make sure that you play with your new pet in a glider proof home, similar to a baby proof home. (Watch out for outlets, hot light bulbs, crevices, and bodies of water, Click Glider Proofing for a more comprehensive list.

       Make sure to never leave your cage open, sugar gliders are curious creatures; they love to “play” hide-and-seek. Like children do not leave them unattended.

       I do not recommend you to take your new pet outside until u have it bonded to you. They are curious creatures and will quickly leap off you to go explore.

  Remember to provide calcium and vitamins along with thier balanced diet, (Extremelly important without it, your Sugar Glider can get extrememly sick!)

Check List

  •        Will you spend at least 2 hours a day with your new pet? If not Your pet might need a companion. (Reminder: two male gliders should not be housed together unless one is neutered!)
  •        Is there is an appropriate location for the cage, where your new pet will not be exposed to aggressive pets (ex. Cats or Dogs)?
  •        At least one pouch, with no exposed seams.  Preferably one that you are able to close.
  •        A couple of toys, interactive kind. In the Fun Pouches and Toys  page there are links to websites for custom toys.
  •       At least two food dishes, one for dry staple food, one for wet food.
  •       Sugar Glider appropriate Calcium and Vitamin supplements.
  •       Water bottle, preferably glass. (You can stick it in the dishwasher, to sanitize)
  •        Proper Sugar Glider safe wheel,  one where the feet or tail won't get caught. You can see the wheels recommended in the Fun Pouches and Toys page. (No wire wheels!!)
  •        Dry staple food and insects. Go to my Food and Growth page for specifics on what kind of food and what time to feed your pet.
  •        Main Sugar Glider food, like BML or HPW. Refer to my Food and Growth page.
  •        Do you have a large enough cage? For one glider it needs to be at least 3 x 2 x 2 feet.  The cage has to be Powder, PVC or Epoxy coated. 
  •   Any other recommendations you can see on this page: Shopping List page.
  • Pick out a vet. Check these two links to find a vet for your sugar glider: Glider University , GliderCentral

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