Sugar Glider Breeders: What to look for when buying a baby sugar glider
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following:
Name of Breeder:
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!