Sugar Glider Breeders: What to look for when buying a baby sugar glider

November 6, 2008 by Riley Kyrsten  
Filed under Breeders


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.

Do your research on specific breeders before buying from them or on organizations. Although it is hard to be completely sure if a breeder is qualified. I would suggest if the breeder will allow it, ask if you can actually see where the gliders are being kept and how they are raised to make sure the person who is breeding is actually caring for the gliders correctly and not breeding and selling gliders to make a quick buck.

As awful as that sounds, it happens consistently throughout the US daily and if you are not careful, you can end up buying gliders that may not make it through the week because of improper care that led to them being sick or having a disease. Even if they say that they are USDA licensed, that doesn’t mean they care for their joeys and sugar gliders properly. I suggest everyone read this article on USDA Breeder Stories when you get a chance so you understand what I am talking about.

When you go to visit the breeder, make sure they are in cages large enough to house them and make sure they are not being fed pellets. An experienced breeder will know that a sugar glider has a complex diet. Make sure to ask any questions you may have, even if you know the answer, a good breeder will know the answer and will provide you with it quickly.

When you take a look at the joeys, they should be at least 8 weeks old, furry and has a pink nose, tongue, nails and footpads. They should be lively and alert. They should not have diarrhea, odd colored stools or strong smelling urine. Always ask for the breeders contact number in case you have any other questions. A good breeder will not hesitate to give it to you.

Originally I had thought about compiling a large list of breeders from different websites across the Internet and posting them here, however I realized I really can’ t vouch for them and I would be devastated if a breeder I posted happened to be someone who is inexperienced or neglectful. So here is where I need your help, eventually I would like to put up a page of recommended breeders. If anyone has purchased their sugar gliders from a breeder who knows what they are doing and obviously cares for the sugar gliders properly, send me an e-mail to and include the following:

Name of Breeder:

Phone #


Website (if applicable)

this way I hope to eventually have a nice sized breeder list for everyone who is new to sugar gliders and has no idea where to buy one. Same goes for breeders or pet stores even you do not recommend and why. I think I may create a breeder “blacklist” in the future that way if someone is questioning a specific breeder they can get the facts.

If you are looking for older sugar gliders, I would recommend trying pet finder. Sometimes they do have younger sugar gliders on their also. Almost all sugar gliders on this website are in shelters and have been abandoned, most likely by someone who bought on an impulse. If you adopt from here you can give a sugar glider a second chance, but I am going to STRESS this, make sure you can care for it for as long as it needs it. The last thing the sugar glider needs is to wind up at a shelter a second time.

If you are searching for a sugar glider on pet finder, the easiest way to find listings is to select “small & furry” from the “animal” drop down and type in sugar glider” in the breed” box. Enter your zipcode and hit search!

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3 Responses to “Sugar Glider Breeders: What to look for when buying a baby sugar glider”
  1. Chelsie says:

    So if you have posted this it means you of course have experience, so i have a question-
    what kind of place did you get your glider at?
    im currently looking for one because i would like to buy one-
    but finding on is the problem.
    im looking in adds and everything but i dont know what im looking for-
    if you could please email me @ that would be great.
    thank you-

  2. Marie says:

    It seemed like any and all pet stores that carry sugar gliders were being lumped into the “not so good” category and as a former sugar glider keeper at a pet store I just wanted to mention that that isn’t always the case.
    I will agree that there are a lot of horror stories involving pet stores but they aren’t all bad. If you’re interested in getting a sugar glider and there happens to be a pet store locally that has them don’t immediately rule them out, but absolutely do your research. Know what to look for and what questions to ask and if available, ask to speak to the person that cares for the sugar gliders specifically. Jane Doe behind the counter may not have the correct answers but the keeper should. Also, something to keep in mind if buying from a pet store…
    If they breed their own ask to see the breeding pair, even if they’re in the back. If everything is well and good they should have no issue escorting you to the back to see them.

  3. I just stumbled across this topic in my never ending research on what the public is being told.
    I need to say to Marie, That you are SO mistakenly wrong about pet stores. My gliders are raised right here in my home and cared for the same as the rest of my family! I have been breeding for almost 16 years and have people in my home everyday for hours and hours, trying to get them educated enough to enable these little creatures to live their expected lifespan of 12-15 years. And people STILL do the wrong things! I give my customers my # for the lifetime of the gliders and get very personal with them & their lifestyle! And then several more hours when they ‘come back’ to pick up their 8 week old joeys. (how else do you ‘really’ know how old they are)? Now you are saying that ANY store can actually take HOURS out of their time to sit down with you and teach you? Sorry, but this does not happen.
    AND; not to mention, Gliders are nocturnal!! Who is in there caring for them when they are awake? Which happens to be the only time you are able to see if there is a problem with them. I have a very strictly written, legal binding contract, written solely for the protection of the gliders and to PREVENT them from being put up for sale to just any one who has the money.It states “I reserve the right to refuse to sell if I feel the person will not make a proper home. A store can not do that! Even trying to find a truthful “breeder”, or someone who is not just reselling the Mall’s Inbred Gliders, is next to impossible. When gliders fight, they call & WILL fight to the death. Who is in the pet store at night watching they are safe? No Stay away from those Mall glider people, all together! My life is consumed with producing the healthiest babies possible, and there is no way a store can provide anywhere near the type of care they need! …Just want people to know the truth about these little ones.

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