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Some foods may be toxic or lethal to sugar gliders. Here is a list of some of the most common danger foods:

Dangerous or Lethal Food List

. Sunflower Seeds: High in fat and contributes to intestinal problems.

. Nectar: In small amounts, it is a nice treat, but it is too high in fructose corn syrup to be offered regularly.

. Peas, peanuts: Can repress thyroid.

. Broccoli, cauliflower, turnips, brussels sprouts: Alright in small amounts, but represses thyroid production if offered too frequently.

. Chocolate, coffee, tea and soda: Toxic to a glider

. Lettuce and Greens: Use with care–ALWAYS WASH THOROUGHLY! There is a danger your glider could contract a parasitic disease called trichomoniasis that is potentially fatal.

. Avocado: High in fat and contains toxins known as cardiac glycosides.

. Fruit Seeds/Pits: Contain extremely potent toxins.

. Outdoor Bugs: May have been in contact with fertilizers or insecticides.

. Garlic, Onions, Scallions, Chives, Leeks, Ransoms: Causes anemia in many domestic animal species. Carefully scan baby food ingredients to insure these are not present.

. Raw meats or eggs: Too many reasons to name.

. Straight Milk: Causes digestive upset

. Canned Foods: High in preservatives and sugar.

. Millet: Causes intestinal impaction

. Nuts: High in fat and oxalic acid, which inhibits calcium absorption.

. Crickets raised on corn mash: There is a chance these crickets may give your glider aflatoxicosis, a potentially fatal disease. This is extremely rare.

. Honey: Because it is toxic to babies under the age of two, many people feel uncomfortable giving this food item to gliders. This has not been proven to date. However, most simple sugars (sugar, honey, molasses, maple syrup), should be used sparingly, if at all.

. Soy based products: May be a problem for sugar gliders. This has not been proven.

This list is not intended to be all-conclusive or comprehensive. It is provided to serve as a guideline.


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