Here is a list of foods that are okay to give your sugar gliders. Also below you will find foods you definitely DO NOT want to give your sugar gliders. Try and give you sugar gliders a variety of foods so they benefit from all of the different vitamins and nutrients the fruits and veggies have to offer!
Sugar gliders eat a varied diet in the wild and feed through out their own territory. In Australia although common along the eastern coast they are rarely seen. Their natural diet consists of insects, native fruit, flowers, and sap.
Gliders are “sap suckers” by nature and cannot be sustained by dry foods and off-the-shelf food pellets that are designed for other small animals such as hamsters. Sap suckers chew their food to extract the liquids and then most often spit out the remains. A simple way to look at it is that they need squishy, wet, naturally sweet, and quickly perishable foods.
A question that is often asked is “Will my sugar glider be okay around my other pets?”. The answer is both yes and no. If you are around to supervise everything should be okay, however I would not suggest leaving the room and letting your sugar glider play with your beloved and hungry cat. Here are a couple animals I wouldn’t suggest letting loose around your sugar glider without supervision.
If you think it’s disgusting smelling, your sugar gliders probably think it’s disgusting living in it. The cage will need to be completely cleaned out at least a once a week, maybe more if you have more than 2 sugar gliders. You will probably have to do a quick spot cleaning at least twice a week. A clean environment will keep them healthy.
After you have picked out the perfect cage for your new sugar glider’s home, there are quite a few things you will need to buy to keep them happy and feeling at home. All products shown on this page can actually be purchase by clicking on their picture. It makes for easy browsing
Chances are if your sugar glider came with a cage, it is probably too small. They need a large amount of room to play and glide. Most likely the largest cage you can find for you sugar gliders, will end up being the smallest size they can comfortably have. They really do need that much room to live happily and not become depressed. It is well known that sugar gliders kept in small bird cages are much more prone to health and mental issues. The minimum size your cage should be is 34×24x24 or 40×21x21, the more gliders in your cage the larger it should be, and the bars of your cage should be horizontal, because sugar gliders like to climb, and that isn’t very easy with vertical bars.
Now that you have figured out whether a Sugar Glider is legal where you live. It’s time to find out where you can actually buy one.
One thing I wouldn’t really recommend is buying one from a pet shop if the pet shop in your local area does have sugar gliders. It’s heartbreaking to see how many sugar gliders are kept in small aquariums sitting in pine shavings meant for rabbits or guinea pigs. If you have been following this blog for awhile now and have been researching sugar glider care, you know how incredibly inhumane that is.
Sugar glider’s are not legal everywhere due to the fact that they are an exotic animal. I have done my best to research where sugar gliders are legal however laws change constantly so I suggest you contact USDA Animal Care and make sure nothing has changed. I will not be responsible for any state requirement that has not been updated. Looking at the map above, see which region your state falls in. Here are the numbers you can contact for updated laws according to the map above.