What to know about sugar gliders
Sugar Gliders by David E. BoruchowitzWhile 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.
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.
A Diet Full of Fruits, Veggies and Insects
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. Sugar gliders live for 10 to 14 years, though some are known to live longer. They are nocturnal, meaning they are active at night and sleep for much of the day.