MEET THE SUGAR GLIDER
Sugar gliders are marsupials related to possums from Australia. Although they do enjoy human company, they are not the right pet for everyone as they are very sensitive, require a lot of space, and are complicated to care for.
12 - 15 years
Good With Kids
Time Needed Outside Cage
Human Interaction Needs
One - two glider: 15 cubic ft
Add 5 cubic ft for each additional glider.
Critter Nation cages are easy to clean, customize, and move around. The Madagascar Sugar Glider Cage is also a good option. The more space you can provide, the better!
Wire-sided cages are preferable because they provide plenty of ventilation and options for climbing. It’s important to make sure the bars are coated with a safe ‘powder coated’ high-quality finish in case the gliders chew the bars.
Bar spacing should be no more than 0.5” to prevent escape.
All cage floors, ramps, and levels should be solid or covered with fleece since standing on wire can cause injuries and bumblefoot.
Anti-pill fleece blankets or liners are the safest options for sugar glider bedding because they may eat other types and get intestinal blockages and their nails can easily get stuck in other types of fabric. Use the anti-pill fleece to line the cage and cover any exposed wire floors.
lots of chew toys (wood or lava)
at least one shelter/hide
Barrel of Monkeys
Sugar gliders have very specific dietary needs that require a delicate balance of vitamins and minerals, along with a 2:1 calcium to phosphorus ratio. Because this can be difficult to understand and correctly calculate, MNPPR recommends feeding Critter Love® Complete - Sugar Glider Staple or Exotic Nutrition® HPW (High Protein Wombaroo) Original diet. Pellet food should never be used because it can cause oral abscesses and is often nutritionally unbalanced.
Fruit and Vegetable Salad
Diets that contain both a fruit and vegetable salad mix and a commercial protein component are the best way to provide your pet with a well-rounded diet. Follow the directions on your chosen protein source to make sure you're providing the correct ratio of foods. The Critter Love and oHPW diets recommend combining 1 tablespoon of protein mixture with 2 tablespoons of a fruit and vegetable salad per glider. You can find suggestions on fruit and vegetable mixes (or purchase pre-made salads) at Critter Love's website here critterlove.com/salad-mixtures. Many people prefer to create large salad batches and freeze them to make their daily feeding routine easier.
Treats are not only a great training tool, but also a way to provide variety and enrichment to your pet's life and routine. Do not feed more than ½ tablespoon per day. Below is a short compilation of safe and unsafe foods for sugar gliders. For a more complete guide, view the comprehensive list created by Critter Love.
insects not raised for pet food
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