Sugar Glider 101
The Sugar Glider is often referred to as a flying squirrel due to its unique ability to fly or glide through the air. Sugar Gliders will provide years of joy if cared for properly. This article covers the basic needs and habits of this exotic pet.
Often referred to as a flying squirrel, this furry creature is not a squirrel. The sugar glider is a member of the marsupial family, carrying their young in a pouch, similar to how a kangaroo carries its young.
The name comes from its ability to glide through the air by jumping and spreading its legs to the side to reveal a thin membrane stretching from the front leg to the rear leg. This allows this exotic pet to float or glide to the next landing spot. Rarely missing a target, sugar gliders are quick, graceful, and are a sight to behold when gliding.
Gliders are nocturnal animals preferring to play all night then snuggle down to sleep during the day in their favorite snuggle sack or in a pouch. A large cage is a necessity to allow ample room for exercise, with wire cages a popular choice among glider owners. Cages must be tall and wide with closely spaced wires, as these little critters are masters at escaping even the most secure cage.
Best kept in pairs, daily handling is needed to form a strong bond with your pet. Carrying your glider in a pouch in your shirt pocket or placing an article of your clothing in the cage will hasten the bonding process. Until a bond forms, expect the glider to hiss and chatter at you or hide when you first bring him home. Careful handling will help prevent bites, as the glider will bite if frightened and can puncture your skin with their sharp teeth. Sugar gliders are not ideal pets for young children due to the propensity to bite when frightened or nervous.