Sugar Gliders arboreal, which means it, is a tree dweller. It is actually a gliding possum, and a marsupial, which means that it carries its young in a pouch.
Their name came from their interaction with the early bushman who watching them and taming them found out that they liked sweets like honey and sugar and they could glide between trees.
They are silverfish blue grey in color ( with a dark stripe on back) very light in weight and their body length is about 6 or 7 inches with a tail about the same.
It is thought that Sugar gliders live for 9 years in their natural habitat, and a bit longer as pets.
The sugar glider makes a variety of noises ranging from shrill yapping (predator is near), a sharp shriek (when fighting) to a “gurgling chatter” when in their nest.
The gliding membrane, which is a very thin skin begins at the ankle and runs to about their fifth finger. By spreading out this membrane they can glide distances of 50 to 100 feet from tree to tree.
They use their long bushy tail for stability and steering as well as “tilting” the left or right membrane, usually land on their feet successfully.
Found where there is plenty of rainfall (both cool and tropical climate) in wet and dry forests and woodland, usually with acacia gum plants about
Sugar Gliders are active at night and during the day sleep in a nest made of leaves in tree-hollows.
Anywhere from 7 and 12 gliders will live together in these nests.
Another way they can conserve heat, when food is scarce or temperatures plummet, is to go into a mild hibernation- where its body temperature drops down close to the air around them/
They are playful amongst their own living group but will attack any intruder whether it is another Glider or a totally different animal.
Dominant male sugar gliders will scent other clan members and the territory around the nest.
The Sugar Glider eats the gum and sap from acacias and eucalyptus as well as eating a range of insects from the trees in which they live.
This feeding and foraging takes place after dusk
Sugar Gliders breed from July to November so the young are taken care of during spring and summer when there is plenty of food.
Being Marsupials the young remain in a pouch usually for just over 2 months. The pouch is forward facing with two teats, and very often twins are born. After the first 2 months the young are then spend another month or so in the nest.
They then leave the nest to forage for food with either their father or mother.
Find out more about the Sugar Glider over at Wikipedia »
wow its so cute I wish I had one!
firstname.lastname@example.org… I have a problem.. Im a new glider owner. And I have had my male for 4 months now… and I felt bad so I purchased a female glider to accompany him. And somewhere on the internet I read something about putting her into his pouch while he was sleeping.. But I was apprhensive… SO I layed Her pouch on my bed and let her sniff him first… all went well and they were cuddling that night and playing. Well now hes continually tryin to mate with her… and I found out she was WITH a mate up until the day My bf bought her for me. And as of last night (3 days later) he is crabbing at her then chasing her and nipping at her! And I only have one cage! SO my question is… is it normal for a little fighting to go on during the introduction? Ive read so many other ways of introducing after 2 weeks… so I dont know what to do at this point. Im just monitoring them.. and this morning he was asleep in his bag and she was running on the wheel as normal. Help me! Should I just find a new home for her? Or just give them some more time?
Sugar Gliders are by nature colony dwelling animals so keeping them alone is really not in their best interests and is trying to make them something they aren’t.. which is loners.. That being said
finding just the right companion isn’t always an easy task.
Try to make sure that they are near the same age. Also, starting with the same sex is normally recommended when they are young, however since you didn’t do that, we have to work with what we’ve got.
The best way to introduce them is as follows.. You are probably going to need another cage but it shoudl work out for you..
Set the cages side by side, but not close enough that they can reach each other. On a nightly basis, swap their sleeping pouches or nest boxes so they become familiar with each other’s scent.
You are likely to observe that they will begin to “talk” to each other. Every day or two, try introducing them outside of the cage until they “connect”.
It isn’t recommended to introduce them inside one cage or the other, because they need to not be overcome by the scent of the glider that owns that cage.
Once they realize that this could be the beginning of a lovely relationship, you may want to put them in a neutral cage to let them start off on brand new turf together.
You can create the neutral cage by sterilizing the cage you intend to use and its contents so the predominant scent of no one glider is established.
Older male sugar gliders are the most likely to show aggression and territory defense activities. If he is an alpha male, he may never accept another male as a suitable companion.
However, if you bring in a female, it is very important that the female be at the age of maturity before you introduce them
The male will try and breed the female whether she is ready or not. This could cause severe injury or worse to the female.
You will find some great advice on sugar gliders here
Good luck, don’t give up and I’d say.. get that second cage and keep trying.. They are territorial but they are so much happier when they have company.