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Exotic Pets - The Sugar Glider

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 1

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One of the coolest new pets you can get these days is the sugar glider, and for good reason. These furry little flying pets are cute and fun to play with. Who doesn't want a pet that will crawl around on your shoulder all day and then fly off at will? Although, sugar gliders take a little extra maintenance because they are exotic animals. But, if you take the time to bond with it and take care of it you'll end up with a kick ass little flying companion. This can be rather difficult at times but will worth the effort.


Sugar gliders are native to Australia, New Guinea, and the Bismarck Archipelago. They are a nocturnal marsupial that feeds on a diet of insects and vegetation. They are social creatures that  nest in trees and live in families of up to 14 sugar gliders per nest. 

Adult sugar gliders can glide distances of 50-150 meters using the membrane connecting their arms and legs; as well as, steer by using the curvature of their legs and tail.

Sugar gliders mate year round usually with a gestation period of around 16 days. They usually produce a litter of 1-2 Joey and after birth they remain in the mother's pouch for another 65 days (the mother can get pregnant during this period.) At 2 months they come out of the pouch for good and at 4 months they become independent.

Sugar gliders are legal to own in all US states except: Alaska, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana: Boston Parish, Maine (licence required,) Massachusetts, Minnesota: St. Paul, New York: NYC, Pennsylvania (permit required,) and Utah (permit required; is illegal in Salt Lake City.) 

Sugar gliders are legal to own in all Canadian Provinces/Cites except: Ottawa, Maple Ridge, Burlington, Ajax, Belleville, Bowmanville, Carrington, Timmons, Cochrane, Brampton, Brantford, Barrie, North Bay, Peterborough, Whitby, and Minden.

Does the sugar glider make a good pet?

Yes and no, as im sure most potential owners purchase their sugar gliders with the best intentions, things don't always turn out the way they planned. Negligent or ignorant care can negatively affect a sugar glider. You don't want a sugar glider that hides in its cage and doesn't let you play with it.

Sugar gliders make great pets if you take the time to properly care for them. This means doing your research. You need to know how to bond with them and you need to strive for this every day. This is one of the most important things because sugar gliders are exotic and are not as quick to trust humans as domesticated pets would. Also, if you get a sugar glider, it is strongly recommended that you get two. They are very social and get depressed easily without a playmate. 

Sugar gliders need a lot of space to live. It is recommended that you keep them in a tower style bird cage or ferret cage. You should also be sure to have plenty of toys for it play with. They are very energetic pets. Sugar gliders cages need to been cleaned weekly otherwise they develop a smell. They like to mark their territory and have not been known to litter train.

flying sugar glider
You should feed your sugar glider a blend of:
Meat / Protein Fruit And vegetable
  • meal worms*
  • Shrimp
  • beef
  • chicken
  • ham
  • cooked egg
  • tofu
  • grapes
  • Tomatoes
  • corn
  • green beans
  • carrots
  • apples
  • berries

You can find sugar glider at your local pet stores or through a breeder. The standard price for a sugar glider is $200 USD.



May 27, 2011 10:25pm
My cousin had a sugar glider. Interesting little thing!
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