Sugar Glider Care Information
What's a Sugar Glider? A Sugar Glider, or Petaurus breviceps is a small nocturnal
marsupial from Australia. They measure about six (6) inches in the body with
the same length in the tail. Sugar Gliders have a "mink"-like coat that is
gray, with a black stripe that goes up the body. They also have excessive
skin between the front and rear legs. They use this when gliding...making
them look like a kite.
Sugar Gliders only weigh between 90 and 130 grams. They can live about 8
years in the wild, 15 years in captivity.
Feeding,: In the wild, whether it be Australia, Indonesia, Papua-New Guinea
to name a few places, Sugar Gliders are more carnivorous than herbivorous.
The name 'Sugar' Glider is really deceiving. They were so named because it
is cute and because they have been known to lick the sap from trees and get
the nectar from flowers. (they actually tear the flower apart to get to the
nectar and pollen within it).
What they really like to eat is baby mammals, baby birds, baby lizard type
animals and lots of insects. They do occasionally 'drink' sap and nectar,
but this is a supplement to their diet, not a major part of it. They have
also been known to eat fruits and vegetables.
When winter comes, fresh meat is hard to come by and this is when the gliders
become more herbivorous than carnivorous.
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