What to know about sugar gliders

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Sugar Gliders by David E. Boruchowitz

While sugar gliders might look like furry extraterrestrials, they are actually opossum-like mammals that make fascinating pets. Sugar gliders do actually glide—often landing on top of their owner’s head! Although sugar gliders—sometimes called sugar bears—are naturally found in Australia, the ones sold as pets come from domestic breeders. Once bonded to their owners, these pint-sized companions are content to ride in pockets or on shoulders. Sugar gliders do require more care than most other small mammals, but dedicated owners will not have trouble meeting their needs. This expertly written guide provides sugar glider owners with the necessary information to house, feed, handle, groom, and understand these charming creatures, and it contains numerous photos, sidebars, and tip boxes that enhance the text.
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Sugar gliders are small, arboreal and agile marsupials with a body weight of barely four ounces that make great pets in the proper environment.
David E. Boruchowitz

Sugar Gliders – What You Should Know

They are originally from the rainforests of Australia and Indonesia , and have been domestically bred as household pets in the United States for the last years. In the wild they primarily live in trees in "colonies" of other Gliders. Their "scientific" name: Petaurus Breviceps, and their specific Taxonomic Classification is:. They are marsupials, in the same general family as a Kangaroo or a Koala Bear. As such, they are proven to have several distinct advantages over other household pets such as hamsters, gerbils, ferrets, squirrels, etc.. For example, when cared for properly, their life-span is typically years — similar to many dogs or cats. Since Sugar Gliders are NOT rodents, they do not instinctively need to chew on things and are not destructive by nature.

Sugar gliders are small marsupials that make great pets in the proper environment. Like any other potential pet, you should make sure you spend time with one prior to making the decision to bring one into your home. Like other marsupials, sugar gliders have a pouch. They are small, arboreal and agile with a body weight of barely four ounces. They are omnivores and insectivores, and therefore require a varied diet.

Their descriptive name comes from their love of sweet foods and a membrane that allows them to glide. They are small mammals and adults weigh between 4 and 5 ounces. Sugar gliders have gray fur and a cream colored chest and stomach with a black stripe running the full length of the spine. They have large, hairless ears that move independently of each other and are in constant motion to pick up sounds. The tail of the sugar glider is used for stability and balance. During gliding it acts as a rudder to control the direction of flight. A membrane of skin reaches from the wrist to the ankle and it is this membrane that gives them the ability to glide.


Sugar gliders are popular exotic pets. They're small, cute, and unique little animals. Having a sugar glider as a pet is a long-term commitment. They require a special diet, lots of attention, and space. Difficulty of Care: Advanced. These are high-maintenance pets that require a lot of socialization. Sugar gliders will bond to other gliders that they live with.

Feb 22, Sugar Gliders 5. The first thing people always want to know after seeing our sugar gliders is where they can get some of their own. Sugar gliders can be hard to come by and even harder to find from a reputable breeder. Unfortunately, there is an overwhelming amount of mill breeding that goes on in the sugar glider world. It is strongly advised to avoid purchasing gliders from mill breeders, but sadly, like us, many new sugar glider owners do it unknowingly. Once a year you can purchase sugar gliders at the mall from a group whose name makes an experienced sugar glider owner cringe. Most joeys from good breeders are spoken for.


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