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We do not breed Sugar Gliders.

THE SUGAR GLIDER

Sugar Gliders are nocturnal marsupials, native to New Guinea and north-eastern Australia. Sugar Gliders look and act like comical little gremlins. They have big black intelligent eyes, big sensitive ears, and a large membrane that is attached to the front and hind legs. When they jump they stretch out their legs, which stretches out the membrane, enabling them to catch the air and glide. They are able to glide up to 150 feet, so be very careful outside!

SUGAR GLIDERS AS PETS

Sugar Gliders are engaging little creatures that will bond to you at an early age and endear themselves to your heart. With their sassy attitudes, delicate appearance and intelligent quick wit they will soon be riding around in your pocket, peeking out to chatter at friends and strangers. No matter how much you play with it, a single Sugar Glider kept in captivity may not do as well and may not be as healthy or as happy as a Sugar Glider with a companion to talk to and sleep with. Sugar Gliders are intelligent gregarious little creatures that need interaction with their own kind as much as we humans do. If possible, keeping two is better than one, but if this is not possible you must spend at least two hours a day with a your Sugar Glider, even if your just carrying it around in your pocket.  A word of caution, Sugar Gliders will "dribble" when they are on you or in your pocket, marking you.

HOUSING

BIGGER IS BETTER! Finch and budgie cages work well, roughly 20 x 20 x 30h.

BEDDING

Plain unprinted newsprint, wood shavings (not cedar) or corn cob can be used on the bottom of the cage.

ACCESSORIES

They love cotton or hemp ropes, branches and small bird toys. Provide a place for them to sleep, such as sacks, tubes or a finch nest box.

BUYING A SUGAR GLIDER

Whether you are buying a Sugar Gliders from a pet store or a breeder, you should ask questions, even if you know the answers from your own research. This will tell you how knowledgeable they really are. If they don't know what they are talking about, buyer beware! If they don't want to give you any information or want to help you, buyer beware!
Check out their facilities carefully. Look for overcrowding, dirty cages, unhealthy animals, smell the air. If the animals are overcrowded and/or the cages are dirty, be very cautious about buying a
Sugar Gliders. There shouldn't be any sickly animals in sight, any good breeder/pet shop will have a "sick" room for any animals that aren't up to par. If the establishment/breeding facility has a very strong odour, be very careful, even if it looks clean, the smell is coming from somewhere. Any place, that has animals, will have a smell to it. The larger the facility, the stronger the odour. They just can't clean as fast as the animals do their business. But if the odour is overpowering, then there might be something else under the surface, use caution.
Check the health of the animal before you buy it and handle it. If they won't let you handle it before you buy it. They may be hiding something, WATCH OUT! Handling the
Sugar Gliders tells you how tame it is and you have a chance to check its health. Look for discharge from its eyes and nose, sneezing, wet rear end and firmness of body. If it has any of these conditions or its body appears thin, don't buy it. Don't even consider another Sugar Gliders from the same cage as the other Sugar Gliders may also have the same problems. The Sugar Gliders you choose should be bright eyed and interested in what is going on without being too nervous. There eyes and nose should be clear, the rear end dry and the body firm to the touch.
If possible, check references. Referrals from other satisfied customers will tell you a lot about that breeder's/pet shop's quality of animals, their care and concern for the animals well-being, their "customer service" and how much information they are willing to share.

DIET

Sugar Gliders are omnivores and they will try just about anything you set before them. A healthy diet should consist of; three parts fruits and vegetables and one part protein. The more variety you can offer then, the healthier they will be.

A daily diet for your Sugar Glider should include the following. A variety of fruits and vegetables, up to a 1/3 cup per Sugar Glider per day. Favourites: Grapes, watermelon, mango, cantaloupe, carrots, sweet potatoes, sweet peppers, frozen mixed vegetables (thawed), corn (fresh or frozen), yams, squash, pears, honeydew melon, cucumber, papaya, and peas. Like: Apples, tomatoes, oranges and kiwi fruit. The protein portion of the diet can be made up by adding one or two of the following (along with the fruits and vegetables): Yogurt (with live bacteria) 2tsp., cottage cheese 2tsp., mealworms, parrot mix 1tbsp., Sugar Glider gloop* 1tsp.., Sugar Glider cake* x cube. Also provide dry cat food free choice at all times. After a while you will be able to see exactly how much your Sugar Glider eats and likes, allowing you to adjust the diet accordingly. Offer fresh water with vitamins, either by water bottle or bowl.

KEEPING A SUGAR GLIDER HEALTHY. A lack of calcium in their diet, over time, will kill them. Signs of severe calcium deficiency: dragging of the hind quarters and the inability to jump. By the time these signs become definitely noticeable, it is often too late to remedy the problem. Giving them Sugar Glider gloop* and Sugar Glider cake*, plus sprinkling calcium (phosphorus free - reptile calcium) on their fruits and vegetables once in a while should protect them.

*Sugar Glider cake recipe:

1 cup multi-grain flour
cup wheat germ
5 eggs
cup raisins
1 cup carrots - medium/large
tbsp. concentrate orange juice
tbsp. calcium powder (phosphorus free)
1 tbsp. Feathered Friends Complete Mineral Supplement
1 tbsp. bee pollen (such as Feathered Friends)

Blend eggs, carrots, juice. Mix into dry ingredients. Pour into loaf pan, cover with aluminium foil. Bake for 1 hour at 360. Freeze until needed (cut off portions from frozen loaf).

*Sugar Glider gloop recipe:

1 boiled egg (no shell)
tsp. Feathered Friends Complete Mineral Supplement
1 tsp. calcium powder (phosphorus free)
tsp. bee pollen (such as Feathered Friends)
1 jar sweet potatoes (baby food)
cup wheat germ
cup hand feeding mix
cup honey
cup apple juice

Puree in blender, freeze in an air tight container, then scoop when required.

This page is for your information only.
We do not breed Sugar Gliders.


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