have a small pointed nose with large eyes. They have
velvet fur that is grayish tan in color. They have a
black stripe down their
back and a white underbelly. Sugargliders are small
marsupials fromAustralia. Adults weigh 4 to 6 oz and
are approximately 12 inches from nose to tail. At least
half of its length is tail! Sugargliders have a
membrane that stretches from their wrests to their ankles.
them to glide from branch to branch. They use their
tails like a rudder
as they travel in flight. They can glide up to 150 feet!
are becomming increasinly popular. Sugargliders live
to 10 - 15 years if cared for properly. They tend to
bond to a person, but bond better when they are younger.
It would be cruel to sell your glider after a year or
two. We suggest thinking it over very carefully if your
ready to make a 10-15 year committment
need a large cage with tree branches inside as well
as other toys such as hamster wheels, rope ladders,
etc. We suggest a cage no smaller than 24" x 36".
Anything smaller is cruel. Sugargliders also need a
nest box or pouch to sleep in to protect them from the
sun. Prolonged exposure to sunlight can kill a glider.
We reccommend using Aspen shavings. Keep your glider
away from drafts, heating or air conditioning vents
to prevent them from catching a cold (60 to 90 degrees
is a good temperature range).
& Other Issues
gliders are prone to a condition known as hindleg-paralysis.
This condition is usually caused by lack of a nutritionally
balanced diet. The main culprit is a lack of selinium.
However, selinium can be poisonous if overdosed. If
you notice any loss of motion or sluggish motion in
the back half of the body, be sure to contact a veterinarian
that specializes in exotics or another sugar glider
expert. Selinium is a common mineral found in many parrot
foods and vitamins. You may by a parrot vitamin that
contains the mineral, but be sure to give NO MORE that
the very point of a steak knife mixed in their food
Sugargliders are nocturnal. Their large eyes dislike
daylight or sunlight. Gliders are insectivores. They
enjoy eating mealworms and crickets. You can provide
them with cat food and cooked meat instead, but cat
food was made for cats. Also a whole animal provides
calcium and vitamins more effectvely than other foods.
Mealworms, crickets, fruits and vegtables are an essential
diet. Make sure your glider has fresh water everyday.
DO NOT give your
sugarglider chocolate! it can be harmful to your glider.
Also so see health & other issues regarding diet.
Sugar gliders also enjoy eucalyptus branches, sugar
cane, and pure fruit nectar. Make sure plenty of food
and fresh water are available at all times.
Modified Leadbeaters (BML) Diet Recipe
cup Honey (do not us honeycomb, raw or unfiltered honey)
1 Egg WITH Shell (boiled or scrambled)
1/4 cup Apple juice (Regular kind - not frozen or baby
1 4oz bottle Gerber Mixed fruit juice w/ yogurt (premixed)
1 Tsp Rep-Cal HERPTIVITE vitamine suppliment (Blue label/white
container - DO NOT Substitute) 2 TSP Rep-Cal Calcium
Suppliment non-phosphorous w/Vit D3 (pink label/white
container - Don't substitute)
2 2 1/2 oz jars of stage 1 or 2 Heinz,Gerber or Beechnut
Chicken baby food
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup dry baby cereal (Heinz or Gerber, Mixed or Oatmeal)
well, pour into ice cube trays and freeze.. 1 cube in
ice cube tray is approx 2 tablespoons.
out feeding (Per glider):
1 Tablespoon Fruit
1 Tablespoon Vegetable
1 Tablespoon BML
3 Tablespoons of insects
(crickets, mealworms, june bugs, moths)
(DO NOT feed Roaches, lightening bugs, or any bug caught
outside or in an area where it could have insecticide
all food is eaten the next morning, add a little more
each night until just a little food is left in the mornings.