The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : Are Sugar Gliders Good Pets? The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : Are Sugar Gliders Good Pets?

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Are Sugar Gliders Good Pets?

Sugar gliders are popular exotic pets. They're small, cute, and unique little animals. But just as you would with any other exotic pet, a potential sugar glider owner should be aware of the care requirements and personality traits of a sugar glider before getting one. Sugar gliders are a long term commitment, living up to 14 years in captivity, and require a special diet, lots of attention, and space.

Sugar Gliders in the Wild

Baby sugar gliders start life off in their mother’s pouch and are referred to as joeys, just like kangaroos. Because of this unique start to life, sugar gliders are classified as marsupials, not rodents like the similarly looking flying squirrel. 

All wild sugar gliders are from Australia, Indonesia, and New Guinea where they live in tree tops. They get their sweet and airborne name from the food they eat and their characteristic mode of transportation.  Their namesake diet includes nectar and sap from trees and they are often seen gliding between branches using unique flaps of skin called patagium. Sugar gliders are omnivorous, so in addition to the nectar and sap, they will also eat both plant material and meat including fruit, insects, and even small birds or rodents.

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