Know your Sugar Gliders 

 Important

Sugar glider are very sensitive to cigarette smoke & other strong chemicals smells which can prevent the gliders from bonding to you. As well as cause sever health concerns from second hand smoking. 


Please keep this in mind when deciding if a glider or other exotic pet is for you
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 FAQ


 What is a Sugar Glider?

“Sugar Gliders” are small marsupials in the same general family as a Kangaroo. Originally from the rain-forests of Australia and Indonesia that have been domestically bred as fun-loving exotic  household pets.  They have a membrane or pataguim which connects from the last finger to the first toe which allows them to glide (much like our native flying squirrel). As adults they measure 5-7 inches in length (not including their tail) and weigh about 3-5 ounces. As nocturnal animals they sleep during the day preferable next to you in their pouch and are up at night to entertain you with their acrobatics feats.  The standard color for sugar gliders is gray but they do come in many color variations. They can live up to 15 years, when cared for properly, in captivity.

Do sugar gliders make good pets?

Yes, Sugar Gliders are wonderful pets to keep and care for because they are inquisitive,
interesting and fun but best of all they make good companions that enjoy
just hanging out and having a good time with you!

Can sugar gliders live alone? 
Sugar gliders are very social animals that live in colonies in the wild so should NEVER be kept as singles because it would not be fair to deprive them of a buddy to snuggle with, play with, groom and chat with while you are busy or sleeping.

Do sugar gliders smell?
When fed a proper diet and kept in a low stress environment (proper temperature,
enrichment toys, have a companion, etc.) they have almost no noticeable smell.
They also keep themselves clean and almost never require bathing

What about “ALLERGIES”?

Sugar Gliders are hypoallergenic making them excellent pets for people with “allergies”.
Many of our customers find that sugar gliders are the ONLY pets they can be around.

 

 

Sugar Glider Communication Revealed

Learn how to tell what a sugar glider is communicating to you.
By Audrey Pavia

Learn your sugar glider's normal body language so you can tell what your pet is trying to communicate to you.Sugar gliders communicate with sound, scent and body language.

Sounds:
They make several distinct sounds.

Barking: One is a "bark" that is similar to a puppy yipping. The precise reason sugar gliders make this sound is unknown, but it may be in response to being frightened or to call out to other sugar gliders.

Purring: Gliders also produce a "purring" sound when they are content, but it is very faint and hard to hear.

Crabbing: Sugar gliders also make a "crabbing" sound, which is a defense mechanism and indicates fear. It is been described as sounding like locust at night with an escalating, then decreasing pitch.
 
Hissing: "Hissing" is similar to the "crabbing" sound but comes in more short and deliberate bursts. It is thought sugar gliders hiss to indicate annoyance.

Chattering: "Chattering" is similar to squirrel chatter with very short, quick taps. It seems to indicate excitement.
 
Crying: Sugar gliders also have a "crying" sound that is often associated with separation from cage mates or family.
 
Singing: Sugar glider females with young are said to "sing" while the babies are still in the pouch. It is described as a soft, rhythmic sound that changes in pitch.

Scent-Marking: Scent-marking is a natural behavior for sugar gliders. In the wild, dominant adult male sugar gliders scent-mark their territory and other colony members. In captivity, male sugar gliders mark other cage members by rubbing their head and chest glands on them.

They also scent mark objects in their cage. In general, sugar gliders do not emit an offensive odor. Mature males of breeding age have a slightly stronger odor than females.

Body Language
Sugar gliders use body language to communicate mood. Sugar gliders can take on a defensive position by standing on the hind legs with head extended forward and mouth open. Or, a sugar glider may lie on its back, vocalizing with all four feet extended toward the perceived threat. If a sugar glider takes these positions when you attempt to pick it up, try offering the flat heel of your hand for the sugar glider to smell until it calms down. If the sugar glider bites you on this part of your hand, the bite shouldn't be deep.

Signs of chronic stress are irritability, not wanting to be handled, more time in nest than playing, poor appetite, self mutilation and hair loss.

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