Sugar Gliders (petaurus) are small marsupials that are native to Asia and Australia. Sugar gliders are colony animals and generally live in the treetops in colonies, foraging for food. They are omnivores and eat a wide variety of produce, insects, small mammals, reptiles, and birds, sap, and other items.
SUGAR GLIDERS AS PETS
Here are some important things to consider:
Sugar gliders are colony animals, so they absolutely should not be kept as singles. They must be kept in pairs or more, with very, very few exceptions.
Sugar gliders are nocturnal, which means they sleep during the day and are awake much of the night. This is part of the reason why they need a friend of their own species.
They require out of cage play time.
Sugar gliders are relatively high maintenance animals. They require veterinary care, nail trims, toys, stimulation, daily feeding and watering, and interaction.
Sugar gliders are not without smell.
NEW OWNER CHECKLIST
Here is a checklist of what you need to be fully prepared for gliders:
Diet and treats
Safe home environment
Emergency Vet fund
COMMON HAZARDS TO AVOID
Unsafe sleeping pouches
Inadequate water sources
Keeping a lone glider
Dangers in the home such as open toilet lids, standing water, access to gliders by young children and other pets