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What should I feed my Sugar Glider ?

What should I feed my Sugar Glider ?

Correct Diets for Captive Sugar Gliders

The simple answer - Begin with Exotic Nutrition's 'Glider Complete' Food Starter Package. This combination of high protein pellet, dried fruits and INSTANT-HPW powder will deliver everything nutritionally that your pet Sugar glider requires. The two foods in this package set contain Eggs, Honey, Bee Pollen, ZooPro High Protein Supplement, high protein pellets, eight varieties of dried fruits and a host of other highly nutritious ingredients. Your Sugar Glider will love the Pure Vanilla Bean Flavor in the Instant-HPW. This diet plan is easy to prepare and easy to feed. Very economical, the cost is minimal for a 2.5 month supply. If you wish to vary the diet even more, you can also offer supplemental treats such as Canned or Live insects, Gumivore-Fare'Jungle Jelly', or Fresh Fruits and Vegetables. Simple and easy to feed, this is a highly recommended diet plan that your sugar glider will enjoy eating.

The Complicated Answer: Many mammals (including humans) adapt to a wide variety of food sources. Mammals in general, can thrive by consuming proteins, fats, carbohydrates etc. in many different forms. Sugar gliders are no exception. Certainly, any single food source that contains the exact nutrition necessary to sustain life would be adequate to keep them alive, but as you know, humans, and our animal friends, prefer to eat a variety of foods. Sugar gliders do not prefer, nor, are they healthier eating the same food over and over again, day after day, week after week.

In the wild, Sugar gliders use a wide variety of food sources. This varied diet provides adequate nutrition for their species to propagate and prosper.

If you have read or heard promotional material from internet pet food companies, Sugar glider sellers, or veterinarians ... that hint of offering ‘only their food’...then you have been exposed to a ‘marketing ploy’ used to promote a product that company, breeder, or veterinarian is touting. This just is absolutely not accurate information. It is a ploy to get you to feed their brand of food. If Sugar gliders, thrived on only one specific type of extruded 'man made' food, then the wild populations of Sugar gliders would diminish ... since a varied diet is exactly what they feed on in nature. The fact of the matter is, they survive just fine consuming blossoms, flower nectar, sap from eucalyptus trees, acacia gum, and insects when in their wild OR captive state.

By consuming foods derived from their native food sources, the Gliders maintain perfect health .... and don’t need a separate vitamin supplement!

So, why then do certain companies/veterinarians... persist at informing the public that their food/vitamin is the only product that will keep Sugar glider healthy? The answer is simple, they have a financial interest in promoting a brand of food, and attempt to persuade you into feeding only that product. They lower themselves to using 'scare tactics' and providing false, misleading promotional videos to tout their product(s).

The fact of the matter is: Sugar gliders can, and will, sustain adequate nutrition, and maintain healthy nutritional balance, by using many different food sources. Just as humans can sustain excellent health by eating a variety fruits, vegetables, meats etc. … Sugar gliders do the same by eating a variety of fruits, vegetables, insects nectars, and other protein sources. They thrive on this diet it in the wild … and they thrive on it in captivity!

We here at Exotic Nutrition are appalled at the misinformation and misleading suggestions made by some self proclaimed 'experts' or Veterinarians with ties to the Sugar glider trade. They remind us of doctors who push certain medications... because of the ‘perks’ that pharmaceutical companies offer them. It really amounts to a conflict of interest.

We here at Exotic Nutrition, maintain the belief, that variety in the diet of a Sugar glider is not only welcomed, but much more nutritionally complete than some extruded food products that are pumped out by machines and left to sit in warehouses for months or even years, losing the nutritional value, before it is shipped to you.

Exotic Nutrition Sugar glider foods (we make 10 varieties) are produced fresh. Most ingredients used in the pelleting of our diets is grown locally, and the ones we can’t grow here in Virginia are imported from reliable sources abroad. The dried fruits used in our blends... are human grade. Exotic Nutrition HPW blends are mixed right here in our warehouse by hand, as are most of our other foods and treats. We have been producing and supplying Sugar glider foods to breeders, institutions, and pet owners worldwide for over 15 years ... with exceptional results.

In conclusion … we suggest that you follow common sense principles. Offer your pet Sugar gliders quality foods that are fresh, a diet that contains the suggested nutritional balance required. Your Sugar gliders will not only thrive, but they will flourish by consuming a healthy variety of fresh nutritional foods, rather than stale extruded foods ... day after day.

Ken Korecky / President - Exotic Nutrition Pet Co.



Exotic Nutrition™ supports legitimate scientific research projects with financial donations to help advance the health and well-being of Sugar Gliders and other exotic mammals. A percentage of the profit from sales goes toward funding of these scientific projects. We hope you will join us in our quest to advance research in the exotic mammal health care fields.

The Exotic Nutrition Pet Company specializes in the manufacture and distribution of exotic mammal feeds, supplements, and accessories. Our facility is located in Southeastern Virginia.

We have always prided ourselves in meeting the needs of our exotic mammal friends when they are kept in captivity, and have always strived to bring the finest quality animal diets and accessories to conscience pet owners worldwide. Ensuring the health and well-being of your captive exotic is our main concern.

We are, and will continue to be, a company whose objective is to deliver the best possible products and services at an affordable price. Our company stands behind the products that we manufacture, and continuously monitors quality and freshness to offer you, and your pets, the highest quality foods, supplements, and accessories for exotics available.

Some of the Colleges and Institutions that use our products ....

Bucknell University /PA * University of Louisville Stony Brook University/NY * Peel Zoo / Australia * University of Maryland * UCLA /Lab Animal Research * Jungle Island / Miami Fl. * Kansas City Zoo / MO * National Aquarium Baltimore * United States Center for Disease Control * Heritage Park Zoo / AZ * University of Rhode Island * Missouri State University * PETA / Norfolk VA. * University of Louisiana * Broadbent Wildlife Sanctuary /Ky * University of Montreal * Big Cat Habitat & Santuary / FL * University of Kentucky * Port Defiance Zoo & Aquarium / WA * Big Bend Wildlife Sanctuary / AL * Americas Teaching Zoo / CA * Harvard University / Cambridge MA * University of British Columbia / Canada * Washington State University * University of Kansas Med Center Lab Animal * University of Pennsylvania * Heritage Park Zoological Association * Sunset Zoo / Manhattan KS. * Baton Rouge Zoo / LA * Humane Animal Welfare Society / WI * Guadeloupe Zoo / West Indies * Utica Zoo of Utica / NY * Liberty Science Center / Animal Husbandry * Roos-N-More Zoo / NV * Shedd Aquarium / Chicago * NC Aquarium / Roanoke Island * Blue Ridge Wildlife Center / VA * Seoul National University / Bio. Science * Thüringer Zoopark / Germany * Guadeloupe Zoo / France * Sea World / San Diego * Pittsburg State University * Native Animal Rescue / CA * Humane Society of Washington County / MD * Arizona State University Animal Care * Foothills Wildlife Research Facility / CO * Zoo Atlanta * UCLA * Indian Creek Zoo / MI * North East Ohio Medical University * University of Rochester * University of Arizona / Department of Entomology * Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge / FL * Charlotte Nature Museum / NC * San Diego Zoo / Safari Park * Veterinary Care Specialists / MI * Highlands Nature Sanctuary / OH * Shearwaters Kauai Humane Society / HI * Virginia Aquarium Virginia Beach Va. * The Wildlife Conservation and Education Center NJ * El Paso Zoo / TX * Atlantic City Aquarium / NJ * LSU School of Veterinary Medicine * Animal Medical Center of Forney / TX * Squirrel Creek Wildlife Rescue / CO * American Museum of Natural History NY * University of California / Qureshely Research Lab * Sea World (Bird Dept.) San Diego, CA * Dakota Zoo / Bismark, ND * Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society / Canada * Black Pine Animal Sanctuary / IN * Eastern Wyoming College * Alexandria Zoological Park / LA * Tanganika Wildlife Park / KS * Tupelo Buffalo Park & Zoo, MS * Edenton National Fish Hatchery * Penn State University /Biology Dept * University of Western Ontario * Pocono Snake & Animal Farm * Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center * Department of Biological Sciences Texas Tech University * Yosemite National Park * Pocono Snake & Animal Farm / PA * Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine /St.Kitts * Pittsburg State University(KS)/Biology Dept * University of Missouri / Veterinary * Texas Tech University * Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium * Purdue University / Biology Dept. * El Paso Zoo / El Paso TX * Hutchinson Zoo / KS * Northeastern University * Sandy Bottom Nature Park / Hampton Va. * University of Kansas /Lab Animal Resources *Virginia Zoo / Norfolk Va.

What should I feed my Sugar Glider ?