Sugar Glider Facts

Gliding from the land down under straight into your home is the latest trend in exotic pets. The Sugar Glider is a marsupial, but looks very much like a squirrel. The following is a collection of Sugar Glider facts to consider should you imagine yourself with a more exotic pet.

Rather than exotic pets such as chimpanzees or other primates, these marsupials are not a threatened or endangered species. The small marsupial is approximately six inches long in maturity with a tail equally as long. They are indigenous to northeastern Australia, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. Although itr calls the southern Pacific home you can find breeders in America using a simple online search. Newborn marsupials are called joeys. The prices for these joeys vary widely among breeders, but are usually between $100 and $175. Breeders also have a wide variety of colors among their joeys, bred for unique patterns and qualities more conducive for domestication.

Ideally, owners raise the joeys and develop that nurturing bond, but people finding adult sugar gliders report excellent relationships. Raising joeys can be demanding. Their diet requires a mix of half insects and half fruit. Finding fruit is fairly easy, but a healthy sugar glider demands small grubs and insects. Feeding animals in this manner may repulse some, nut can be accomplished in a completely sanitary fashion. Meal worms and crickets are available at most pet stores dealing with reptiles and exotic species. In the wild these marsupials live in colonies of 15-30 and are therefore a social species in nature, something to consider when deciding whether to get only one or more. In addition to a balance diet the glider may require calcium supplements. In the wild the animals consume a certain amount of acacia and eucalyptus sap that can hardly be replicated in a domestic setting. Finding the perfect diet may be difficult but many people are raising healthy adult sugar gliders.

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