Before You Buy A Sugar Bear...
If you have been to the mall recently, you have probably seen Sugar Bears for sale in an elaborate set up in the middle of a high traffic area. These tiny marsupials are adorable, and scamper out on their handler's arm or hand to greet you. You pet them, and they are oh, so soft- softer than anything you've ever touched before.You decide that you have just got to have one so you ask him which they cost. The handler tells you how much they cost, and you fall over. $600? $700? It seems like such an insane amount of money to pay for a pocket pet, but you are sure that you have never seen a sugar bear before, nor have you even heard of a sugar bear. You have got to admit, it's a catchy name, isn't it?
What is a Sugar Bear?
One of the first things you need to understand is that a sugar bear is merely a sugar glider. Ah, you have probably heard of sugar gliders before, haven't you? You are probably wondering why these people are calling them Sugar Bears when they're actually sugar gliders. The answer is simple: no one in their right mind would pay that price for a simple sugar glider. Sugar gliders have been sold as pets for many years, and most people are familiar with the going asking price. But when you call these little guys sugar bears, it implies that they are something far more exotic than a simple sugar glider. Unfortunately, people fall victim to this all the time and they pay the astronomical prices for what is nothing more than a sugar glider.
Sugar Glider Prices
If you do even a small amount of research online, you will find that you can get a simple sugar glider from a reputable breeder for anywhere from $100-$250. This doesn't even come close to the outrageous price that these people are asking for these “Sugar Bears”. What is even more concerning, is that people will often buy these little guys as an impulse purchase without doing any research on what a sugar bear is, and how to care for them. In all honesty, sugar gliders and sugar bears make absolutely awful pets. Yes, they are adorable, with their big dark eyes staring up at you. Yes, they are so soft and so fuzzy that you just can't stand it. But that's about it. Is that worth spending over $600 on?
Warning about Sugar Bears
First of all, the “Sugar Bears” that you see in the mall or in the pet shop will be babies. Babies are always cuter than adults, and these little marsupials are certainly no exception. What you may not know is that they are nocturnal animals that are usually up all night and sleep all day. You are probably thinking that such a tiny little thing would not disturb you, even if it was up all night playing in your cage. Well, then you have probably have never heard a sugar glider bark before. Yes, that's right, I said bark! These little guys make the most annoying barking noise over and over and over again, and will not stop until you meet their needs. Whether they are hungry, or just plain bored, they will continue to bark loudly until you attend to them in one way or another. You are probably wondering why you have never heard them bark while on their handlers arm. This is simple. The handler has probably gone out of their way to ensure that the animal is alert during the day (you wouldn't be interested in buying a sleeping animal, would you?) and probably has many treats in their pocket to keep them happy enough that they tend to keep their annoying noises at bay, at least until you bring one home.
Another thing that you may not realize and will certainly not be disclosed to you is that Sugar Bears cannot be potty trained. They will pee down your arm, in your pocket, on your shirt, anywhere they feel like. As cute as they are, their urine is not. Also, if you hate ferrets because they smell, you will never want to get a sugar bear. Despite frequent washing and bathing of the animal and the cage, they do smell, and while some people can tolerate the odor, others find it beyond intolerable. They also have a disgusting habit of urinating on the side of their cage. If you don't mind that, you'll probably mind having to clean the wall or anything else that borders their cage on a regular basis. Additionally, if you have ever tried to grab or restrain a sugar glider for any reason, you probably know that they can bite– and hard! No matter how domesticated they are, they are still wild animals and will bite if you do something they don't like. Please, do not fall victim to this sugar bear nonsense and continue to help these irresponsible sugar glider breeders profit off of your ignorance. Do your research, and you may think twice about whether or not you want to buy a sugar bear.