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Sugar Glider Factoids

Origin

Australia and Indonesia

Sex Difference

Bald circle on male’s head

Maximum Size

Up to 14” (8” of it tail)

Breeding Age

Six months.  Better at one year.

Gestation Period

16 days

Time in Pouch

10 weeks

Litter Size

1 or 2

Life Span

10 to 15 years.

Housing

Large bird cages work great

Security

Needs a hiding box .  Sleeps days.

Attitude

Very social.  Needs lots of attention.

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Insects, yogurt, fruits, vegetables

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Water bottle works best


Origin.
  Sugar gliders came from Australia and Indonesia.  No one imports them any more.  Ours all come from local sources.

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Two young male sugar gliders.


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Male sugar gliders sport that "bald spot" as they mature

Size.  Most sugar gliders grow about six inches long (pocket size) plus a six-inch tail.  They appear almost that wide when they spread out their gliding membranes.

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Female sugar gliders lack that "bald spot"

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Males have a near "bald spot" on their forehead.

 

Koiscale451, February 8, 2007
Your sugar glider page is great, although I just want to say the bald spot on the male's head is a scent gland. Thought you might like to know :-)

A:  And now I know.  I'll add your info to my page.  LA

 

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They have "grabby" little fingers.

Cute as a Bug.  Their great big black eyes strike you immediately.  Sugar gliders need big eyes to see in the dark.  Their tiny ears move independently in different directions to catch the slightest sound.  Their soft fur adds to their appeal.  

  LA

Nice Personality.  Once they bond to you, sugar gliders will snuggle in your pocket all day.  They prefer to snooze away their days then party all night long.  They come out best in low light situations.  Some people say they demand at least two hours of attention per day.  By all estimations, they need lots of attention.  If you can’t give them lots of personal time, get at least two of them.  They love company.  In the wild they live in colonies of a dozen or so.  They seem to readily accept new cage mates.

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Sugar gliders prefer nest buddies.  Both sexes get along.

Temperature Needs.  Room temperature works fine.  Sugar gliders prefer it a bit warmer, so they pile up in their hiding box or nest.   

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Housing.  Large bird cages (with large doors for easy access) work fine for sugar gliders.  Add a bird box for sleeping quarters.  And add a hamster water bottle plus three food containers.

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Sugar gliders prefer to snooze during the day and boogey at night.

Lighting Needs.  Nocturnal critters could care less about lights.  

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Sugar gliders always come out for peach-flavored yogurt.

Foods.  Insectivores, sap lickers, and fruit eaters in the wild, in captivity sugar gliders need 25% protein and 75% fruits and vegetables.  Not all gliders like the same foods – just like people.  Vary their diet a lot.  

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Superworms always hit the spot.

Good Proteins.  Sugar glider food, cat food, ferret food, yogurt, scrambled eggs, pinky mice, crickets, mealworms, and superworms.

 

Good Fruits & Vegetables.  Most sugar gliders like melons, mangos, grapes, apples, oranges, peaches, pears, apples, kiwis, strawberries, broccoli and corn.  

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Other Foods.  Sugar gliders also eat fruit flavored cereals, pelleted bird foods, jarred baby foods, and nuts – limit their nut intake because they’ll ignore the other foods.  Trail mix without M&Ms gives them a nice variety.  Several companies now make sugar glider foods.

Vitamins.  Give your sugar gliders a good vitamin/calcium supplement. The lizard or bird products work well.    Lightly dust the supplement on their crickets.  A pinch of supplement in the crickets’ plastic bag will suffice. Better to prevent nutritional deficiency than try to cure it.  

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Sugar gliders have some weird feet.

Weird Noises.  Sugar gliders chatter like chipmunks among themselves.  When disturbed, they make a weird “roar” surprisingly large for such little varmints.  

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Inquisitive.  These little snoopers like to explore at night.  They will get into places you can’t access.  Sugar gliders love open stereo speakers and can really “roar” from inside a speaker.

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Sugar gliders love yogurt and lick it from your finger.

Tips.  Handle your sugar glider daily to help it bond to you.  Put it in your pocket during the day while you’re loafing or watching TV.  He’ll settle down and snooze during the day.  This helps him bond to you.  Little laps of yogurt off your fingertip also let him know where the goodies come from.  Many will grab your finger with their strange hands.  Try not to jump when they grab you.  You’ll scare them.  LA.

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