Facts About Sugar Gliders
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How long can a sugar glider live?
Sugar gliders have grown in popularity over the years, which is why we know more than ever about these adorable little marsupials. Petaurus breviceps is the Latin name for a sugar glider meaning "short-headed rope dancer."
Sugar gliders live 10-15 years in captivity, making them long-term pets.
The body of the Sugar Glider is approximately five to six inches long and the tail adds six inches (which acts as a rudder while they are flying). They weigh only four to five and a half ounces (100 to 160 grams).
Sugar gliders are native to Australia (the eastern part), Papua New Guinea, Tasmania, several surrounding islands, and parts of Indonesia. They are found in tropical forests that glide from tree to tree and settle in the hollows of trees. They rarely touch the ground.
Sugar gliders are marsupials, which means that the young are born very immature and grow in a pouch for 60-70 days in the mother's abdomen (like a kangaroo or possum).
Sugar gliders have hairy, thin, elastic membranes that extend from the wrists to the ankles (the membrane is called patagium) that allow them to glide up to 150 feet in the air.
In nature, they move from tree to tree by flying, not by flying. Their hind legs have an opposable big toe that helps them grip branches, and the second and third toes form a grooming comb.
Other fingers help them catch insects and connect the patagium.
Large eyes are characteristic of these small marsupials that help them see as they soar and triangulate their launch and landing locations.
It also helps them find food as they are nocturnal and hunt at night. Both sexes also have various olfactory glands, sharp teeth, and extremely soft fur.
Temperament and behavior
Sugar gliders are very social and need company. This makes them bond well with their owners (especially if you are using a binding bag) but while you can pay close attention and spend time with your glider, keeping just one glider is not ideal.
Sugar gliders have their own language and live in colonies of up to 30 gliders in the wild. Hosting a glider can only lead to behavioral, mental, emotional, and even physical problems for your pet.
Seriously consider keeping more than one glider, if not several, in a flight cage. Humans cannot provide the same kind of companionship and socialization that other sugar gliders can afford.
The vocalizations, the preparation, and the bond that they provide to each other are irreplaceable for a human being.
In the wild, sugar gliders eat a variety of different foods depending on the season. They are omnivores and, as pets, are often fed specific diets recommended by experts and zoos.
These are diets that consist of baby food, honey, fruits, vitamins, and other ingredients, and are then supplemented with fresh produce such as fruits, vegetables, and insects.
Prepackaged diets for sugar gliders exist in pet stores and online, but they are not recommended as a staple because they are not nutritionally complete. Glider needs for sugar have changed as more is learned about them.
Sugar gliders, like other exotic animals, have a multitude of ailments that can affect them. Metabolic bone disease from poor nutrition, lock and slip injuries, diarrhea from eating too much fruit, and parasites are commonly seen in pet sugar gliders.
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