The sugar glider is a small, omnivorous, arboreal, and nocturnal gliding possum belonging to the marsupial infraclass. It is kept as a pet and is classified as an exotic pet. They are bred in captivity without affecting the native populations in parts of mainland Australia, New Guinea and certain Indonesian islands.
Here is a quick check list for what you will need for at least 3 sugar gliders, (Sugar gliders thrive in tight knit groups and do not live well in solitary. You will enjoy watching their antics!)
- A properly ventilated cage no smaller than 20″ x 20″ x 30″. Sugar gliders prefer tall cages and always get the biggest cage possible. Bird cages make excellent glider homes.
- A nesting box for sleeping. A cloth pouch, birdhouse or hamster house work well.
- Bedding made of shredded plain paper, recycled paper bedding, or wood shavings. Primarily to collect waste at the bottom of the cage.
- Heavy flat bottom dishes or bowls that attach to the side of the cage for food.
- Heavy flat bottom dish or stoppered drinking bottle for water.
- Climbing branches. Sugar gliders love to climb.
- Bird toys, perches, ladders, a hard bone for chewing, tubing for hiding or exploring. It’s always good to have items that keep your pet entertained.
Food & Supplements
- Fresh fruits and vegetables.
- A source of protein like cooked meat cut into small pieces, tofu, cottage cheese, or yogurt.
- Live insects like mealworms and crickets as well as raw unsalted nuts that can be given as treats.
- A multivitamin and calcium with d3 supplement. There are reptile supplements that work well for sugar gliders.
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