F. A. Q. for Sugar Gliders
Q. What is a Sugar Glider?
A. A sugar glider is a small marsupial in the same general family as a kangaroo and koala bears.
Q. Where do Sugar Gliders come from?
A. Sugar gliders come from the rain forest of Australia and Indonesia.
Q. Why are they called Sugar Gliders?
A . They like to eat almost anything that is sweet, especially fresh fruits and vegetables, and they have a gliding membrane that stretches from their wrist to their ankles allowing them to glide.
Q. Do they fly?
A. No, they glide. They can glide side to side or from high to low.
Q. Are Sugar Gliders rodents?
A. No, they are marsupials similar to kangaroos and Koala bears. They carry their babies in the pouch in their belly.
Q. How big will Sugar Gliders get?
A. A full size glider will be roughly 5 inches long from nose to where the tail begins and approximately 4-6 oz. Their tail is as long or longer than they are.
Q. Will my dog or cat like them?
A. Depends on your particular animal, some sugar gliders can get along with your other pets depending on the temperament of your other animals. Always supervise your other animals around your glider.
Q. What can a Sugar Glider not have?
A. Sugar gliders cannot have chocolate, avocado, onions, or spices. Avoid processed foods, keep it natural/organic.
Q. Where do they go to the bathroom?
A. Sugar gliders go in their cages for the most part. At first they may go on you because they are nervous, but will be less likely to after they became comfortable with their new home/owner. They will become more predictable, so you will learn their bathroom habits. Most are like humans going as soon as they wake up. So be careful when you first take them out and have a baby wipe ready.
Q. Do they have to go to the vet?
A. We guarantee that our pets are healthy and free from congenital problems. In order to qualify for the health guarantee a wellness check and fecal float/smear are required within 72 hours of purchase. It is recommended that you take your baby for a well check to make sure your vet is comfortable treating sugar gliders and your peace of mind. They do not require shots like cats and dogs. However, our glider contract requires a vet check for replacement.
Q. Are Sugar Gliders nocturnal?
A. Yes, by nature they are nocturnal. However, with time you can usually get them on your schedule.
Q. Is it better to get a single or pair?
A. Most animals are happier with another of their on kind, but if you only have one you need to give it plenty of extra attention to make sure that it doesn't get lonely.
Q. Which is better male or female?
A. Just like children, every baby has its own unique personality. How much time you spend with them determines the temperament more than gender.