Animal Stories - Sugar Glider

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   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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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.
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.
Angela - 2011-06-25
I need help. My daughter came home from church camp with head lice. My baby plays in all of our hair. I ve checked him over and over, I dont see anything. My question is can sugarglider get or keep head lice.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-25
    Relax it is OK. Lice are species specific. Sugar gliders can have lice and humans can have lice but humans will not give the sugar glider the human lice. The things we go through with our children and our pets. You are OK - your sugar glider can't get human lice.
Courtney - 2011-02-12
I have a male glider and I do have a question, he's not a year yet but it seems as tho his "boy part" is coming out quite often... He is in a very relaxed and fun house hold, he's hardly in his cage and he is absolutely in love with a kitten that I have... I watch them all the time no worries, but I'm wondering if this is just a puberty stage he's going through? And can gliders mate with other animals than their own, because he seems really fond of the kitten... I didn't want his "boy part" to become a problem and is there anything I can do (can't afford a vet till next month)? I am absolutely in love with this amazing smart creature I just want him the happiest he can be until I can get him a "wife".

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  • Rbhughbanks - 2011-06-16
    The lady I bought mine from said she took her boy glider to the vet because his "boy part" was sticking out so much it got dry. The vet told her it was a sign the glider was extremely stressed and to put vasoline on the "boy part" until it would stay in. Keep him in a quiet environment, free from all stress. This condition could permanently damage his ability to mate, and if not treated could actually kill him. Good luck with him.
Kaylee Dale - 2011-04-19
I recently got lice from who knows where. So I looked it up and I found sugar gliders can have lice so I am wondering if it is possible I got it from my sugar glider? Please help.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-20
    Lice are very easy to transfer from use of a comb, to use of a pillow, contact with their stuffed animal or just bumping heads. They can come from any contact very easily but they are also easy to treat. From what I have learned, lice are species specific in that your dog can pass his lice to another dog but not to a human. I didn't know this. So based on the information I have received if your sugar gliders have lice - they can only transmit it to another sugar glider - not to a human.
  • Kaylee Dale - 2011-04-29
    Thank you. But last night I was pouring some whole oats over their fruits when I saw a lice crawling on one of the whole oats which I don't understand because it either had to come from the fruit or from the bag of whole oats, so I am concered as to whether there is more in their food and they might accidently eat one????!!!??? Please Help
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-29
    If your sugar gliders accidently eat lice, it is not going to hurt them. Are you sure they are lice? Anyhow, seed bags frequently contain seed moths which will lay eggs. Then you have larvae. Then you have more seed moths. Easiest thing to do is to freeze the bag of seed/oats/fruits etc for 24 hours, which will kill anything living in there. Then just open the bag and feed. That happens a lot with any kind of seed food, pellets, bird seed etc.
Nicki - 2011-04-03
My sugar glider leg got wrapped around one of his toys. I found him barely moving. After I cut the string off his foot it looked like his foot one big toe. It was dark pink starting to turn reddish. No vets are open on Sundays. What should I do till I'm able to bring him in?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2011-04-03
    I would be most worried that your sugar glider may begin to gnaw or bite his foot. Stay close and keep an eye on him to make sure he does not start doing this and try to distract him if he does. You may want to get an e-collar to put on him to prevent this. If it looks really infected you may want to try gently rinsing it in warm saline water. Take him to the vet ASAP tomorrow - they will most likely amputate his foot or leg.
Amanda - 2009-01-08
I have a question. I am getting my twin sugar gliders today and I dont get how I can get them both to know who is Bella, and who is Daisy?

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  • Jennifer - 2010-05-07
    Is bella and daisy your other sugar gliders? If so all you have to do is keep the twins in a separate cage for a week to two weeks. Make sure it's close to your other sugar gliders but not so close that they can reach out and touch each other. Switch out their sleeping puches everyday so they can get used to each others scent. Also when you put them in quarantine you might wanna make sure they are healthy and not carrying any diseases to give to your other sugar babies. When the week is up simply put your babies in the pen with the others try to make sure it's in the middle of day when they are sleepy. Watch them carefully cuz there is probably gonna be some crabbing and hissing at each other, check on them later if your babiess are at the bottem of the cage by themselves sleeping then they've been rejected from the group. If this has happend just repeat the same thing you did before. If your babies have bite marks/scratches try to make him wait 2 weeks instead of one.
  • BUSTEDSTRINGS - 2010-12-12
    Come on now.. If you really have to ask a question like that I don't think you need to be owning a sugar glider.. Common sense. When you hold them separately call them each by their name and they will individually learn there name.. Hope you've done you research that's all I'm gonna say..
  • Jamie - 2011-03-24
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  • shylo - 2011-02-04
    Why is my sugar glider have diarrhea?
Cindy - 2010-09-02
My little girl brought home Head Lice can our sugar glider get it from her if so how do we treat it?

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  • Jconley - 2011-01-18
    No lice are species specific -- only humans get human lice, birds get bird lice and so on.
amber - 2010-12-09
Where can I get a sugar glider I live in tallahassee florida?