Animal Stories - Sugar Glider


Animal-World Information about: Sugar Glider

   Sugar Gliders get their name from their "sweet tooth" and because they have a fold of furred skin stretching from their forefeet to their hind feet which they spread out like a kite to help them glide through the trees searching for insects and nectar!
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beverly - 2012-01-02
I have 9 gliders...in 3 different groups. One of our males lives with 3 females. I just saw on new years eve that his tail is almost all gone! I'm not sure if one of the females chewed it off or if he did it....one if my female ferrets did get loose from her cage the night before....could she have bit it off? I didn't see any blood on her fur and she's almost white so I don't think it was her but...I know gliders can self mutilate themselves when their depressed but I don't know why he would be. He eats just fine in fact he's overweight compared to the other ones...if anybody has any ideas please reply! I am takin him to the vet tmrw but I need all the info I can get! Thanks

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Panda - 2012-04-14
Ah! Sugar gliders should never be kept on a leash or a harness, it causes them stress and they can easily hurt themselves.

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Casey - 2011-12-13
My boyfriend and I have a male sugar glider ( I believe he's 4 years old, I am the new addition to the family). Recently our little guy's scent gland on his forehead has become swollen and red. At first we thought nothing of it that maybe we just never noticed it before, but after over a month later the painful looking mass remains. Now, his behavior has not changed nor does he seem to be bothered by it. I thought maybe it could just be a build up of oil that needs to be released, especially since it appeared to be wet around it last night. I've done some searching and found that if it is just a build up it is easily taken care of. HOWEVER, my concern is that a few months back my boyfriend had a random outbreak of MRSA and though he never handled our sugar glider at the time, I know animals are prone to developing staph infections when in close quarters with an afflicted person. I'm concerned it may be an infection or worse...a tumor. I called the vet, but lack the funds to take him in unless it is a life or death scenario (which I am willing to sacrifice for). I just wanted to see if anyone had experience with this before, explanations, opinons, etcetera. Any help is greatly appreciated before we embark on a what could be an expensive trip to the vet. Thank you!

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  • Penny - 2012-03-08
    I have a male glider and when we first got him and during my bonding time with hi thats how i rubbed him was in a circle motion on the top of his head, It kept it normal looking but after a short time it got to look infected draining and gross...I went back to rubbing it again and before long began to look better but still with some drainage. I took him to the vet and he recommended that we buy neosprin and keep it on his head until better..Did that for two days and it was clear free of drainage and looked back to normal so when he has out breaks where it looks like it is going to become inflamed we grab the neosprin and do it til its better and it clears up in two days i would say try that and if it doesnt show improvement in 3 days i would take him to the vet. I think you will find this will help alot..Good luck:)
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BrenDon - 2012-02-29
I have a father and a daughter gliders. I was wondering if they would mate if they are in the same cage?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-01
    Yep, they will most likely mate.
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siauwhendry - 2011-08-23
I've a very serious situation that hapened to my sugar glider right now..When I see them in the morning, the front left leg seems paralyzed and swelling. I've search all over the internet but never find an articles about that, mostly sugar glider got a back leg paralyzed.. Do you know what happen to my sg maybe, I'm so desperate and about to cry T.T.. Is it possible that he got sprained leg? Did it ever happen to sugar glider. I'm waiting for the answer and thanks

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-23
    Sounds like the leg is broken or badly splayed. Can you tell? Should take it to a vet -
  • rose - 2011-11-25
    You should stop looking for home cures and go online and look for sugar glider vets, there are actually a lot of them. And if it is far away if you truely love your glider take him/her to the hospital immediatly!!!!!!!!!!!
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Alta - 2011-09-29
I just acquired an adult male and an adult female sugar glider. They were originally purchased together and have been together almost all their lives. I have only had them a couple of days and are still trying to bond. She is coming around but he is pretty skiddish. A dog got hold of him a few months ago and he lost his tail and a toe. I'm really excited about having them I have had lots of unusual pets over the years and so has my husband so we are both stoked and ready to give the best lives ever. They will always be babies and we love babies. They are both a year old and have never bred before. The female has a pooch in her pouch, is there any way I can tell whether or not she has babies?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-09-29
    It's pretty hard to tell and sometimes all you can go on is if behavioral changes. Feed her extra food and maybe. Animal World article Sugar Gliders gives you information on the stages of pregnancy.
  • rose - 2011-11-25
    He Lost His Tail! I hope you took him to the vet imedietly! you should never let them have access to any other animals even when being supervized you have to be extremly cautious!
    And one way you can check if she is pregnant is to get someone to hold her in his hand on her back and very very gently stroke the pouch with your finger. But I warn you in advance a skittish or not tame glider may not like this and struggle. If this happenes you should let go of her immedietly, for in her struggle if there are joeys you may cause one to fall out or be dislodged from the nipple where if the joey does not find it again it could die.
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Anonymous - 2011-10-11
it is so cute!!!

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Trish Houston Texas - 2009-01-28
I just want to say I find it disturbing that kids are even allowed to own sugar gliders. When I got mine, I was deciding between having another child, or owning a pair of sugar gliders. Because if cared for properly, they are almost as much work. The amount of time I spend on their food alone is too much work for a child to keep up with. You should be spending at least six hours with them per day. These are not hamsters. They require a lot of time and attention. I mean, I'm reading comments from children who have to be in bed before their sugar gliders even wake up. What ends up happening with most of these poor babies, is that after the 10-15 year old gets sick of all the work they have to do, they either stop doing it, and the sugar gliders die, or they have to find a home for them, which is hard on any sugar glider, especially one that hasn't been given the proper amount of attention. Just think about after you've gotten a dog or cat, as a kid. At first it's a blast, but after a while you don't want to walk her, and even putting dry food in her bowl is too much work. Don't get me wrong, I totally adore my babies, and wouldn't give them up for the world. However, this is not a child's pet.

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  • layla - 2010-11-17
    I am 17 and I take care of all 3 of mine quite well I have had them since I was 14 so I believe your opinion should be kept to yourself my gliders are quite happy with me.
  • avi - 2010-11-25
    This is very stereotypical. not all kids go through the same experiences, some are mature enough to handle a sugar glider and some aren't. I myself am 16 and have a sugar glider, I have one. And she is very happy, because even after all this time I still find it fun to take her out and play with her every night almost all night. And I find feeding her fun too. Yes some kids aren't able to handle them and shouldn't have one, but some are. I love my baby more then anything. She's a stress reliever for me. Honestly I think these exotic pets may be better younger in life, when stress of kids and problems aren't really in the way, but only if you can take care of them. It's not right to put every child in the same place because of a few children's mistakes.
  • Ryan (FM) - 2010-12-01
    My best friend has had a sugar glider for 4 years, and they are doing just fine, so you should keep your comments to yourself.
  • Tonia Guyer - 2011-01-24
    I totally agree....one thing you did not mention is that sugar gliders have extremely sharp teeth and sometimes do bite it is very painful). If a child is bitten he/she may throw, drop or hit the glider out of instinct. Adults w/ busy life styles should not even consider owning one. They are extremely time consuming.
  • caitlyn - 2011-02-03
    I am a ten year old and have two sugar gliders and I love them to death.
  • beth - 2011-03-23
    So cute.
  • Kaylee Dale - 2011-04-19
    I don't mean to be rude but you are correct and wrong at the same time. I am 12 and I have have three sugar gliders that are taken care of and very happy with me and I love them. But at the same time I don't always have the time every night to play with them for three hours. I do play with them every day and try to get them the appropriate amount of exercise, food, and protein. So it is kind of a double standard.
  • jenny - 2011-08-20
    My sister is eight and she has three gliders and they have the best home in the world and she would stay up all night if my parents let her just playing with them and she is always cooking up new foods for them so just keep your opinion to yourself and just because a few children are irresponsible doesn't mean every child in the world is too
  • unlist - 2011-08-19
    Not in response to comment. Thanks for posting animal world up, it is an informative site. Gliders are a unique pet with many vocalizations, and interact well with their people colony mates, so I have found, but they still have enough wild in them to make a fun hobby animal and many ideas available online for cage presentations for indoor decor add to the appeal.
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Kathi Coombes - 2011-07-22
I have a newborn male baby sugarglider who seems to have a small hole in his stomach and he stays wet, as if hes peed all over himself all the time. I know they can catch pneumonia quite easily from being wet, however the mother isn't cleaning him up..... Do you know what could be the cause of this? Thanks for any help or advice you can give me....

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-23
    You say hole in the stomach - you sure it isn't the umbilical cord? What do you mean wet? By the whole in his stomach? Is it possible the umbilical somehow got infected or is bleeding? What is wet - the whole little baby or an area. Wet or is the mom cleaning him?
  • goldie - 2011-08-10
    It could be from grooming, they groom themselves quit a bit.
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Tiffany - 2011-06-27
My Mom Just Bought Me A Sugar Glider. It's A Male. When I Was Playing With Him At The Pet Store He Was As Sweet As Can Be. Now That I Have Him Home, He Is Very Hateful And Doesn't Wanna Play. He Is Just A Baby And I Understand You Have To Give Them A 24 Hour Time Period To Adjust To The New Surroundings And I Did. He Just Isn't Getting Any Better.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-28
    I think any time you bring a new pet home there is an adjustment period. Whether it is a sugar glider, a pup or a bird, they are as good as gold in the store or at the breeders and then you bring them home and they decide to show you that they are the boss. Your little fella is in a new huge enviornment with new smells, sounds and big scary things. He is stressed. You obviously wish to play with him. However, let's see if we can just get him so he is not stressed and not afraid of his big new place. Just hold him, talk to him softly and walk him around the home explaining that this is your kitchen, your living room and your TV etc. He may not understand all your words but he will start to learn the sound of your voice and he will learnyour scent and he will start to learn to trust you. You will then be teaching him to trust and have peace in his new place. Hold him gently and pet the top of his head and just talk softly telling him about your home, your school, your life and what his new life is going to be like. It might take a week or so but he will learn to trust you and he will be comfortable. Then you can start to play with him. In the store, he grew up there and became comfortable with anything in that enviornment. He has to learn all over again a totally new place and he is just a little fella. Can you imagine how scary a TV canbe to such a little thing or the sound of a refrigerator that he has never heard. He will take comfort in you and knowing that you are fine with all these peculiar sounds and smells. Just tell him what is happening.
  • My sugar glider\'s name is Winky - 2011-08-07
    That happened with me and my sugar glider. But I wouldn't say 'hateful' It's just not used to the environment, how would you react if you were suddenly sucked away from your friends and old home into a new, strange looking and smelling place? He's just scared. Don't worry. He'll tame down. +Tip= every morning when you take him out, put yogurt on your finger, have him lick it off. Soon he'll be a LOT less crabby when you take him out. GOOD LUCK!
  • goldie - 2011-08-10
    I own sugar gliders and have for a while. It takes a sugar glider at least two weeks if not longer to bond to you. They arent like hamsters they have to get use to your voice, scent, etc....they sell bonding pouches and should be carried on you as much as possible so that they can get use to use.
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