Animal Stories - Sugar Glider

Animal-World Information about: Sugar Glider

   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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melissa - 2008-05-16
You do not have to bathe your sugar gliders. They should clean themselves by the time they are eating fruits and vegetables on their own. Before that you should clean them with either an unscented baby wipe, or you could dip them in the sink or use a wet toothpick on their dirty spots. Make sure to wrap them up after they are wet though, as they will get cold quickly. Do not let go of them if you dip them in the sink, this will prevent drowning. Although sugar gliders can swim they cannot swim for long, which is why you should always keep your toilet lid down. :) -Melissa

Michelle H. - 2008-05-09
They are wonderful creatures, but not for everyone. is a great place to learn about caring for your sugar gliders.
Michelle H.

jena - 2008-04-29
I'm a 12 year old girl and I think this animal is amazing! I have come on this website to have a look at all the different animals there are because I am wanting to start an animal holiday care for all small animals and I came across these. I have a dog and we used to have lots of other animals, but they died last year, and before we also had budgies. I would love to look after one of these animals but I don't think there would be one in the area.

Lenny - 2008-04-29
A HUGELY IMPORTANT thing to know is the following:

Anything and everything dry that your sugar glider eats may contain aflatoxins. This is a type of mold to which humans are completely immune. A fantastic example is dry corn which is loaded with the stuff. Some of it can even be seen in the red flecks on the corn pieces. It also frequently shows up in catfood, where it is mostly invisible. It only takes a few hours for the mold to develop. Anything that is not frozen can have aflatoxins in it, and if it wasn't frozen before you bought it, there's a good chance that the mold is still there. Your glider will have hideous siezures and tremendous trauma to the esophogus (from vomitting) and to the head (from siezures). If you catch it within the hour, your vet may be able to reverse the effects. You can search for an experienced forum to join to get constant information because if you put it off, you may be too late by the time you need help. Some people ignore the cries of the experienced owners because they think they can handle it. These are NOT hamsters or kittens. They are exotic marsupials that require more attention than your average toddler. Before you buy a sugar glider, meet one in person. Better yet, volunteer to care for one. It will also give you some experience properly caring for sugar gliders before you purchase one. It will give you enough time to learn about them. If your sugar glider dies before age 10, you did not provide a healthy/safe environment for it.

Kathy Boyle - 2008-03-09
We purchased two Sugergliders just before Christmas from a private seller. They gave us plenty of information and we had searched the net for three months before we got them. We would have liked to have adopted, but we are located up north in the Peace River area of Alberta, Canada. They have been breeding for the past seven days. This site has plenty of information and has been helpful in adding to what we were already told. The only thing no one states or has said is if they need some sort of cleaning method. I have owned and still own several animals; ferrets, hamsters, hedgehogs, fish of all sorts, cats, and dogs, never mind all the outside critters I have.
So my question is this, if anyone knows whether we bath them or supply some sort of sand, due to they can not have water around,(they will drown). Please post on this site, this would be most helpful. They both look clean, but sometimes get sticky from the fruit. Thanks

Lorelai Chaos - 2008-02-28
Sugar gliders usually don't make as good of pets as one would like to think they do. Some suggies never even bond to thier owner, regardless of the time & effort put into the relationship. Another thing, if you're thinking of breeding yours...DONT! There are TOO MANY homeless suggies, look at online classifieds if you don't believe me. If you breed your suggies, then you are adding to the problem. Peace out.

sugar glider lover - 2008-02-20
I have a lovely male sugar glider. His name is Nike and I'm hoping to get a female very soon to start breeding them, so I can spread their joy to everyone I know =].

Desiree Parker - 2007-12-15
Well I now have 2 beautiful sugar gliders, and I love them. I had a friend who wasn't able to keep her sugar gliders anymore and I offered to take care of them. I was nervous at first, but once I was able to handle them I grew more and more attached. I have a male and a female, and she is getting ready to have babies. I have only had them for a week and I am so excited. They do take a lot of time and care. Be gentle and give lots of love, and you will be set.

ME - 2007-12-15
I've had a Sugar Glider before, but Sadly he died. I never Found out why, but we think it was because of the kind of shavings he had.
But now im trying it again and just today got another boy, and my sister got a girl. We want them to breed but don't know if they will, they have been together for 2 months already. But who knows. :D

nodnarbrandon - 2007-12-01
What a great source of information. I was only considering purchasing a sugar glider, but now im sure. p.s. shout out to my homies.