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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Lisa - 2009-07-21
I am the owner of 3 sugar gliders. The intact males are very smelly giving off a strong odor. The females do not really smell at all. They are a lot of work, they need fresh food, veg, fruits, etc. I live in a large home with a large dog so I do not allow them out of their cage to roam free instead, I got a small camping tent with some toys in it so that they can play. The barking can get quite loud as well as the sound of them running in the wheels at night. They are very active and depending on the personality of the glider, can be nippy. They are great pets if you do not mind the mess. They do urinate and deficate frequently while climbing on your person, so if you do not mind these things they make great pets. They bond to you and look for you once they wake up. Please consider all these things before adopting. When I first got mine I researched for 2 years and I still wasn't completely prepared. Listen to your breeder for most of your information

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  • Anonymous - 2010-05-12
    You can get them to pee and poop before you play and handle them. I hold mine over their cage, a damp napkin or paper towel is gently rubbed over their parts. They poop, pee and then poop again. Be patient, but it is worth it.
  • Tina - 2010-06-10
    I have two gliders and have never had the problem of them going to the bathroom on me. I don't see where they are mess at all or a lot of work to take care of them. Sounds to me that you are not at all happy with your pets.

Kirsten - 2009-08-05
I currently own 3 gliders but I owned my female for two years and it was just her and she did fine. If your glider is well bonded to you and you spend lots of time with it it will not die of lonlieness. And I bought Mina when I was 16yrs old, so it's not all teens that can't take care of them. My two males, Alton and Big Head, were a bonded pair of males that I added to Mina this past month. They are all getting along fine and Alton and Mina actually mated about a week ago, so I'm waiting to see the results. Wish me luck!

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  • mary - 2010-06-07
    Do two boys get along well because one boy I already have one but I am thinking of getting another boy because I don't want any babies, like will they fight because I got my sugar glider 3days ago he is 8 to 9 years and his friend died 1 year ago I am scared he is too lonely.
Debby - 2009-06-29
I have a question. I have a baby glider 6 weeks out of the pouch. He is loosing his fur. he has lost all on his under side an now his legs. I have been giving him apples an glider chow an bread. He eats fine. I thougt he was dehdrated an I have been giving him gatorade an distilled water. He drinks it. I don't know what is wrong with him. Our heat rock broke so we were without one for a while. I have gotten another heat rock an the littlr guy loves it. Has anyone else had one loose their fur?please comment back.I'm desperate.

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  • korey - 2010-02-19
    Wow... that is a terrible glider diet. You need to get it on the leadbeaters or modified leadbeaters diet and the heat rock isn't a good idea, they cause thermal burns. Get him on a better diet and maybe get another glider. They do self destructive stuff like ripping out fur if they are depressed.
  • jade - 2010-02-22
    Wow, that heat rock is a way bad idea. It is probably what's making it loose its fur, and that diet is lacking a lot of the essential stuff.
  • Schotz - 2010-03-23
    We have a heat lamp on top of the cage and a heat rock for him to sleep NEAR. Gliders are used to a tropical climate and lack of warmth is one of the top causes for ill health in a Glider. If you keep your home, summer and winter, at about 75 - 80 degrees, you don't need to worry about this unless the power goes out.

    Sugar Gliders are very smart little critters. They will position themselves closer or farther away from the heat rock to get the heat they need and not get overheated. We keep our heat rock firmly covered with an old T-shirt we have worn so that he gets our scent and so he does not get tangled in the fibers that might be in some other kinds of clothing. I have heard that a piece of felt or fleece is good, as well. Anyway, depending on how cold he is feeling, our guy positions himself on or near the covered heat rock and pulls the excess fabric of the shirt over himself. They are so clever!
  • margaret - 2010-06-06
    Never use a heat rock EVER. Gatorade and distilled water? How about just normal water. Gatorade and distilled water will kill it. Never give a glider bread either!
Tiffany Wymer - 2010-03-28
Hi i have two sugar gliders one I've had for 3 years and the other I just got. I seem to not be able to train him he is 3 years of age now and used to be used just as a breeder male, never had been tame. I need some suggestions please what can I do I need some help.

Valentina - 2010-03-10
Can you introduce 2 adult male gliders?

kylie - 2009-08-04
Hey, I love your website. I've been researching and it's the most info I've found, and it's so helpful. I have one sugar glider...Sugar...she is so playful. I'm looking forward to getting another one or get her some more toys later today. She is really heathy. We feed her fruit, baby food, and bugs everyday. She's pretty tame and your website was full of info... Thanks

Daesha - 2009-08-02
Im very sorry to say but I have noticed a few things, most of you guys and this site recommended a leash 1. If your suggie is bonded to you tightly in the first place your not gonna need a leash because if and the glider has bonded correctly and you take your pet out it will want to stay with you no matter what. When you leash your glider you are risking hurting it's gliding membrane. Imagine harnessing your glider buddy and it decides to leave your shoulder to glide a good distance and it glides the distance that the leash allows, all of a sudden there's resistance that pulls on that membrane, imagine how painfull that is!! If your a glider owner you should know better!

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  • Mango\'s mommy - 2010-03-20
    My glider has been given a lot of space to play so he will often jump off of me so I would never risk taking him outside, but I do think leashes are totally ridiculous and dangerous. They shouldn't even make them.
Isabel - 2009-07-02
My friend had a sugar glider and it died. I never knew what a sugar glider was until I went to this website. They are cute. But I am getting a ferret when I move! Like london says... YAY ME!

Mike - 2009-04-06
Lenny you said if your glider dies before 10 you did not provide a good and healthy enviroment. My friends glider died before ten because she broke her back trying to get her baby off of herself.

crystal - 2009-04-02
Hi, I just purchased my two gliders from a teenage boy that got tired of taking care of his gliders. So yes some teenagers might tire of all the work, but not all teens are the same. While they were in his custody as his pets he did properly care for and provide for them and did make sure to find them a good loving home when he got tired of them. I guess it would have to depend on the teenager who was purchasing them. As a parent, good grades, a showing of follow-thru on the teens part would be huge factors in considering letting my child own a sugar glider. Also for the sugar gliders sake I would make sure that there were 2 gliders(of the same sex to prevent breeding) to keep eachother company in case my child did not spend enough time with them(they can DIE of lonliness) YES They can actually die. As a parent it is your responsibility to check the cleanliness of the cages and make sure that they have food and water and proper care.