Sugar Glider in habitat

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A week ago I was talking to a person that called me about a little creature not often heard about.

The family decided to adopt a Sugar Glider from a neighbor.

This is not a common household pet but so very fun to learn about.

The Sugar Glider is a small omnivorous, nocturnal, gliding possum belonging to the marsupial class. The name “sugar glider”refers to its love for sugary food such as sap and nectar as well as its ability to glide through the air, much like a flying squirrel.

The female has a pouch that her babies grow in until they are ready to come out. They have one or two babies, which are called joeys. It usually takes two months for a joey to be fully weaned from its mother. Sugar gliders are sexually mature between the ages of 8 and 14 months of age.

The joeys live in their mother’s pouch about three months when they are then able to live outside the pouch on their own. These tiny creatures only weigh about 4 ounces as adults.

I found that two of these furry marsupials do exceptionally well as opposed to a single pet.

When they are in the wild, sugar gliders nest in old-growth trees They usually live in holes in the trees. So a cage with this type of tree limbs would be appropriate.

Sugar gliders can glide through the air for over 150 feet, using their long tail as a rudder. When it launches itself from a tree, it spreads its limbs to be able to glide through the air more easily. With proper care they can live 10 to 12 years.

Once you have earned its trust and formed a bond with your Sugar Glider it will be a loving fun pet!

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