What Is A Sugar Glider

Sugar gliders or Petaurus breviceps are 5-6 inches gliding marsupials found in Australia (Eastern part), Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. Since they are marsupials; the young are born very immature and grow in a pouch in a mother's abdomen. Sugar gliders have furry membranes that extend from their wrist through their ankles which are called "patagium." The patagium allows them to glide through the air from tree to tree. Their hind feet have a large, opposable big toe that helps them grip branches, and the second and third ones become a grooming comb.

Sugar gliders are very sociable animals and will constantly need and crave companionship. This makes them bond well with their owners, and if you can provide a lot of attention and spend the necessary time with your glider, then keeping aone MIGHT just work. Otherwise, you'll have to buy a pair of sugar gliders so they can entertain each other. Ideally, a female and a neutered male works perfectly well especially if you're not planning to breed. Male to male pairing can also work if they are litter mates or have been introduced at a very young age. Otherwise, you'll have to get them neutered to decrease their dominance and aggressiveness and only then, you can make introductions for possible pairing. Female to female pairing is also recommended.

Sugar gliders are nocturnal mammals, thus, don't be surprised if they are sleeping the whole day and up the whole night. Though nocturnal, they would still appreciate bonding with their owners on daytime through bonding pouches.

Should you decide to get a pair, please be reminded that sugar gliders can live up to 10-15 years in captivity. It's a long time commitment and a decision that one shouldn't take lightly.

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