Do sugar gliders make good pets?
Sugar gliders make great pets IF you put the time into them. A sugar glider that is handled regularly can be an awesome pet. On the other hand a glider that is left in its cage and not handled can be very nasty. As with any pet, you get what you put into them.
Do gliders require a special diet?
Yes! A gliders diet is the most important aspect of owning a glider. In general a glider’s diet should be made up of 50% protein and 50% fruits and vegetables. In addition it is very important that gliders get a source of vitamins and calcium.
Here is the diet we feed here at Live Free and Glide for all our gliders:
We feed a 50/50 mixture of protein to fruits and vegetables. We generally blend a big batch with 2-3 sources of each together and freeze it. The gliders get 1-1 ½ tablespoons of this mixture per glider each night.
Good protein sources include: Boiled chicken/turkey, tofu, cottage cheese, yogurt, scrambled eggs with shell, sweet potato, rice, and oatmeal. Gliders also love to eat meal worms, crickets, and pinky mice. These are also great sources of protein as well.
For the fruit and vegetable sources strawberries, grapes, and carrots are a few of the favorites here. I have yet to find one they won’t eat, so pick your favorite ones!
**Don’t forget that gliders can NEVER have any processed sugar or salt**
Honey is okay though, because it is a natural source of sugar, and is actually very healthy for the gliders. Feel free to add a little to your blend!
In addition to the fresh food blend, I have Happy Glider pellets in the cage at all times for the gliders to munch on. These are a very important part of your gliders diet. Happy Glider is specially formulated for gliders, complete with all the vitamins and calcium a glider needs. It is made by Pet Pro Products out of Missouri. Orders can be placed via their website. When purchasing your pellets be sure to give them our name, Live Free and Glide, and you will receive a 10% discount.
There is much controversy over a gliders diet. There are several good diets out there, but there are also some diets that will doom a glider to a very short life! Be sure to do your research and don’t believe everything you read!
What kind of treats can I give my glider?
The best treats for gliders are dried fruits and veggies, yogurt drops, and nuts. Nuts should be limited to one a day or less as they are high in fat. There are several glider safe companies that sell treats. Here at Live Free and Glide we carry and use Exotic Nutrition as our main source of glider treats. The treats that we carry in house can be purchased from the Glider Goodies section of our website. Dried fruit and nuts can be purchased from your grocery store, but remember that gliders can’t have any sugar or salt additives! Keep in mind that a treat is just that, and gliders should only have a couple a day.
What kind of cage do I need for my glider?
Selecting a cage for your gliders can be a little tricky. It is very important that the bar spacing on their cage is no more than ½ inch apart, or they will escape. There are many glider approved cages on the market now, check with your local breeder and they can help you chose a cage that is right for you! We also have several available on our website, just visit Glider Goodies.
What accessories are good for sugar gliders?
We buy most of our supplies from the bird and small animal section at pet stores. Many of our pouches are custom made and are also for sale in the Glider Goodies section of the website. Gliders love to chew on things, wooden toys seem to be a glider the favorite here, just are also the hardest to clean!
Toys to avoid:
Toys should not be glued! Since gliders will chew on their toys, anything with glued parts are toxic to gliders.
Watch out for anything with loose strings! Gliders can get their nails caught in loose strings! This can lead to severe injury! After machine washing any glider toys, they should always be inspected for any loose strings!
Wheels that have open bars that a gliders tail can fall through. A gliders tail can get caught and wrapped up in these wheels, which can lead to injury!
How long do gliders live?
Sugar gliders can live up to 10-12 years in captivity, with the proper care and diet. In the wild they don’t live as long as there are many predators in their natural habitat.
Are sugar gliders nocturnal?
Yes, in general they will sleep during the day and play at night. That being said they do learn to adapt. Our gliders will come out any time of the day if we come in and shake their treats. Gliders are very personable are always happy for a little attention any time of day.
How can I tell the difference between a male and a female?
Females have a pouch that can be seen on their belly. Males have a little “cotton ball” instead of a pouch. Males also get a bald spot on the top of their head, and on their chest. Neutered males will not get the bald spots, as they are cause by testosterone production.
Are male or female sugar gliders better?
Either a male or female will make excellent pets, if they are given proper care and handling! The males tend to be a little more smelly because they will mark their scent, but they get a little bald spot on their head that I find endearing. The females tend to ‘crab’ a little more, but are a little (very little) less curious.
Is it better to have one or two gliders?
In the wild gliders are pack animals! In general gliders like to have a buddy and do better in pairs. However I have seen very happy and healthy gliders both solo and in pairs. If you have a solo glider you should plan on handling it for extended periods of time EVERY day! The solo gliders I have seen have owners that these gliders are treated as though they are their ‘children.’ If you do not have this kind of time to dedicate to your glider, you should NOT have a solo glider!
What kind of vet care do gliders need?
Gliders do not need annual vaccinations like your cat and dog. However no one was ever hurt by a check up. Although gliders very rarely get sick, when they do they should be taken to a vet immediately. Sugar gliders are very sensitive and a small cold can turn fatal very fast. Be sure to research the vets in your area and find one that accepts sugar gliders, so that if anything ever happens you know where you can go!
Do gliders bite?
As with any animal that has teeth gliders can bite, especially if they are scared. That being said as with any pet you get what you put into them. My gliders are handled daily, and I can’t remember the last time I was bitten.
What is that noise?
Gliders have a few very distinct sounds barking, crabbing, and clicking. These sounds can be an indication of what your glider wants.
Crabbing generally means your glider is bothered or scared. This sounds like a mini chain saw.
Barking generally means your glider needs something or just wants your attention. This sounds like a small yipping puppy.
Clicking is mostly done by the males. It tends to be an ownership thing. The males will often times click at their mate and/or their joeys.
Can sugar gliders be potty trained?
Sugar gliders can’t be potty trained per say, however as with people when they wake up they will go to the bathroom. I find that if I take them out of their pouch and leave them run around their cage for about 10 minutes they will do their business and are good to go for awhile. However if you own a glider you will get peed on more than once, if this is bothersome to you then you should not own a glider!
Will my glider get along with other pets?
It can be done, but BE CAREFUL! I have both a dog and a cat that will play with the gliders! They have been trained not to harm the gliders and are fairly mellow animals. However there are some animals that will never look at a glider as anything but food!
Are sugar gilders rodents?
No! Gliders are marsupials. They keep their young in a pouch just like a kangaroo. Young joeys will also ride on their parents’ backs piggy back style, just like koala bears.
What is the gestation period for gliders?
The glider’s gestation period is 16 days. When they are ’born’ the babies go straight into their mom’s pouch where they will stay for 2 ½ to 3 months. A gliders birthdate is tracked by an out of pouch date (oop).
How many joeys can a glider have?
A typical litter is 1-2 joeys. I have heard of more, but it is rare.
When can the joeys be weaned?
The joeys typically wean around 8 weeks out of pouch (oop), but every glider is different. Twins are often oop sooner than litters of one, and therefore take a little longer to wean. We will not let a joey go to its new home until it has been separated from mom and dad and eating on its own for about a week. We will not send a joey to its new home unless we are comfortable that they are thriving on their own.
I hope this has been helpful. For any further questions regarding gliders and glider care feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.