(see this free special report “Feeding” for more info).
Sugar Gliders As Pets Sugar gliders recognize the people that handle them and express affection and displeasure. They are social animals and do better in pairs. Sugar gliders can be very vocal and loud and bark much like a small dog.
The sad truth is, the internet is full of self-proclaimed, Sugar Glider “expert” websites that claim they will ship “beautiful hand-tamed joeys to an airport near you”.
This makes it INCREDIBLY entertaining to watch them eat things – since they hold food EXACTLY like we do. If you’ve never seen a Sugar Glider “eat” before, you’ve got to check out the following home-videos. As you’ll see, they’re just incredibly intelligent little animals.
The sugar glider is a very clean little creature. If you keep their cages clean, they have almost no odor.
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P. b. breviceps P. b. longicaudatus P. b. ariel P. b. papuanus
Sugar gliders can live up to 15 years in captivity. They do need fresh fruit daily and a reasonably larger cage is necessary for their home. Although they do require some work, sugar gliders can make fun, enjoyable, and loving pets.
Breeding and Babies All about sexing and breeding your sugar glider.
P. (Belideus) breviceps, Waterhouse 1839 P. (Belideus) notatus, Peters 1859 P. kohlsi, Troughton 1945
For that reason, we provide all our new “moms & dads” with proven, step-by-step instructions (including lots of special “tips & tricks” we’ve learned over the last 15 years) that DRAMATICALLY speed-up the bonding process – and create a deep, lasting relationship of love and trust between you and your new babies ( see free special report “Bonding” for more info).
Sugar gliders live in social family units in the wild called colonies.
For example, unlike dogs or cats, Sugar Gliders don’t require ANY vaccinations – because they don’t carry any known diseases.
1) Expensive One sugar glider typically costs anywhere between $250 to $300. That’s not a terrible price for something so exotic, but experts suggest that if you buy one, you should buy two. They are very social creatures and tend to get lonely easily.
At Pocket Pets™ we strongly feel it’s important for new “moms & dads” like yourself to actually “meet” the people you are dealing with – especially when purchasing an animal that is going to be part of your family for the next 12-15 years. This is why we travel all around the country every week introducing people to these wonderful little pets.
In Australia, sugar gliders can be kept in Victoria, South Australia, and the Northern Territory. However, they are not allowed to be kept as pets in Western Australia, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Queensland or Tasmania.
P.b. ariel, Gould 1842 P.b. breviceps, Waterhouse 1838 P.b. longicaudatus, Longman 1924 P.b. papuanus, Thomas 1888
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.
Guide Care Sheet A list of the supplies necessary to care for your pet sugar glider.
In captivity, females can have up to three litters a year. In the wild they tend to have one or two litters a year. They often will have twins and sometimes triplets. Female sugar gliders have pouches; their young will stay in the pouch for about the first 70 days. Then for the next month or so, the babies will remain in the nest. After about 3½ months, the young gliders will begin to accompany their mothers and fathers.
In any event, the bottom-line here is to always do your homework – especially when considering bringing an animal into your home who will be a loving member of your family for the next 12-15 years... With that in mind, here are TWO important reasons why getting your new little buddy(ies) from Pocket Pets™ is the right thing to do:
By contrast, at Pocket Pets™ we PREFER not to “ship” individual animals. Instead, we like to hand-deliver each baby to our new “moms & dads”; and personally meet each of them face-to-face. We do this not only because it is extremely expensive to “ship” a baby and all their supplies (usually an additional $150-$200) – but much MORE importantly because it is extremely stressful for young babies to be shipped alone (or with one or two companions).
Sugar gliders are highly social animals. They live in family groups or colonies consisting of up to seven adults, plus the current season's young. Up to four age classes may exist within each group, although some sugar gliders are solitary, not belonging to a group. They engage in social grooming, which in addition to improving hygiene and health, helps bond the colony and establish group identity.
Sugar gliders are a popular exotic pets due in part to their small size and cute, yet unusual, appearance. As with any other exotic pet, a potential owner should be aware of the care requirements and personality traits of sugar gliders before acquiring one..
While we’re on the topic of “eating”, one of the most interesting things about Sugar Gliders in general is that they don’t have “FEET”. Instead, they have four little “hands” just like ours – and each hand has an opposable thumb on it, just like us.
In this aspect – especially – they have exactly the opposite “mentality” of a rodent; in that once they are fully-trained and bonded with you, they normally won’t “hide” or run away because they instinctually want to be with their “family” more than anything else.
Sugar gliders are characterised by their gliding membrane, known as the patagium, which extends from their forelegs to hindlegs. Gliding serves as an efficient means of both reaching food and evading predators. They are covered in soft, pale grey to brown fur, which is lighter in colour on their underside.
Sugar gliders have fairly strict dietary requirements. The ideal diet for a sugar glider is still a widely debated topic but more and more research has been done over the years to determine some of the best options for pet owners. Dietary imbalances from inappropriate calcium and phosphorous ratios are common but are easily prevented by feeding a proper diet.
The simple truth is that in today’s internet age, ANYBODY can “look & sound” professional. However, in reality, whenever you “order” any animal over the internet, you never KNOW for sure what you’re REALLY going to get – and as the old saying goes: “there’s no such thing as a free lunch”…
Unlike ferrets or other animals where one gender can be more aggressive than the other – both male and female Sugar Gliders have equally sweet temperaments. Just like human children, every baby has its own unique personality – and (again, just like with children) how much time you spend with them when they’re young determines their temperament much more than gender.
The single most important factor in bonding with a Sugar Glider is their AGE – and that is precisely WHY we only sell babies when they are between eight and twelve weeks old.
"My female sugar glider, Gloria and her baby (about 1 month after it came out of the pouch) investigating the camera."
For example, even as little babies, they instinctually will never want to poop or pee where they sleep. This means that they will almost never go to the bathroom when they are in your pockets (unless of course they can’t get out, and have an “accident” ).
Since Sugar Gliders are NOT rodents, they do not instinctively need to chew on things and are not destructive by nature.
Since they definitely DO love to jump and play, a larger cage is fine for older, adult Gliders. However, as young babies and adolescents, a large cage can actually be counter-productive to the bonding process.
Health and Illness Information on common health problems and illnesses that could affect your pet.
Mama, please tell the humans we need very special care, and we aren't the pet for most people.
In other words, they are not just a “one person” animal. When brought into a family setting with children and other pets, they will normally consider everyone (including the pets) to be their “colony”, and will bond to that group for life.
Gliders give eachother baths by licking and cleaning. When you are bonded together your glider will often bathe you as seen in the photo below.ALWAYS BE CAREFUL...many substances are toxic to your glider and cases of death from things on your fingers have been reported. If you smoke, or have been handling cleaning solutions, PLEASE wash your hands before handling your glider.better safe than sorry!
Another important fact for potential new “moms & dads” to consider is that Gliders don’t typically require any ongoing vet care; because they don’t carry heartworms or other ailments that are common to many other household pets.