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SUGAR GLIDER BASICSSugar glider life span: 6-12 years. Sugar glider size: 12 inches from nose to tip of tail. Sugar glider weight: 90 - 150 grams.(Sugar glider males tend to weigh more than females. Obesity is common in pet Sugar gliders due to their confinement and unlimited food supply. Providing a balanced diet and opportunity to exercise will reduce the risk of obesity and associated health problems.) Sugar glider origin: Sugar gliders are native to areas of the South Pacific, particularly in the northeast of mainland Australia and Tasmania. The are also found in New Guinea and throughout Indonesia. Sugar glider species: Petaurus Breviceps Sugar glider habitat: In the wild, Sugar gliders are arboreal creatures living in sub-tropical forests and bushland. In captivity, they require an enclosure large enough to facilitates climbing. Supervised out-of-cage access is important for their health, as is the presence of a companion. Cages should be sturdy, nontoxic, and predator-proof, with a solid bottom flooring that does not absorb urine.
Sugar glider diet: Sugar gliders are omnivores. In the wild, Sugar gliders feed on sap and insects. They require a relatively high protein diet. Exotic Nutrition Sugar glider diets are very convenient to feed, they contain a high protein content and are offered in a variety of blends. Live or canned insects are not only an excellent source of protein but encourage Sugar gliders to hunt for their food- providing entertainment as well as exercise. Just like people, Sugar gliders don't always know what is good for them. If you offer foods or treats that are low in nutritional value ... they may become fond of these foods, and turn there nose up when offered other healthier items. Do not be deterred ... you know best as far as what foods are good .. and which ones are not ... do not let the Sugar glider decide what he/she should eat ... offer quality foods rather than foods high in fat of sugars. Sugar glider common ailments: Gliding membrane tears: Often due to trauma. Membranes that don't heal correctly, and those with severe tears many scar, leading to deformity that can reduce or prevent the ability to glide. Sugar glider fractures: Usually due to trauma. Sugar glider dental disease: Often associated with poor diet. Sugar glider obesity: Associated with lack of physical activity and/or high fat diet. Other: Urinary tract obstruction, pneumonia, calcium deficiency and diabetes. See the information link above for detailed articles on Sugar glider care.
Keep it clean ! - Good housekeeping is essential to keep pet sugar gliders happy and healthy. Male sugar gliders frequently scent mark the enclosure with urine, which may necessitate frequent cleaning - especially if they are kept in an indoor enclosure. Clean the cage no less than once a week, preferably twice. This task is made easier if the catch tray or floor is lined with nontoxic newspaper or nontoxic wood shavings (carefresh bedding), both of which will absorb urine. Use a nontoxic cleaning agent (Kage-Kleen), rinsing and drying the cage afterward to ensure that your sugar glider is not exposed to toxic fumes.