Sugar glider, Pocket Pet with attitude.

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Many people are searching for different means to have pets. Dogs and cats are not always the best choice of pets for everyone. Here is an amazingly different type of pet. A Pocket Pet! A Sugar Glider.
The Sugar Glider is a popular pet because of its sweet, lively, inquisitive nature, but is illegal in certain jurisdictions, such as California.
Do gliders make sounds? Sugar gliders are very social creatures and make many sounds, including barking, crabbing, clicking, and chattering.
Are gliders rodents? No. Sugar gliders are marsupials (mammals that carry their young in a pouch); they are in the same family as the koala bear and the kangaroo.
I have gathered some information, and done some research. Perhaps this will be the answer for many wishing to own a different kind of a pet.
Sugar Gliders make excellent pets. They adapt very readily to captivity and can develop very strong relationships with their human keepers. This is why they would be great for people who cannot have big pets. They are small in size, are very intelligent and love to play. They are much smarter than a hamster or rat and have a much longer life-span, most living to be 10 or older if taken care of properly. Although nocturnal, this can be of benefit.
Sugar Gliders love human attention. And they really are so cute. They also develop very strong bonds with their owners.
An adult sugar glider is approximately 11 inches long from his nose to the tip of his tail, but most of that (6 or 7 inches) is tail. They have similarities with our flying squirrel. The fur is very soft. Here is more information I have researched.
It is around 16 to 20 cm (6.3 to 7.5 in) in length, with a slightly longer tail, and weighs between 90 and 150 grams (3 to 5.3 oz). The fur is generally pearl grey, with black and cream patches at the base of the pink ears. The tail tapers only moderately and the last quarter of it is black, often with a white tip. The muzzle is short and rounded. Northern forms tend to be brown colored rather than grey and, as predicted by Bergmann's Rule, smaller.
The most noticeable features of its anatomy, however, are the twin skin membranes called "patagium"s which extend from the fifth finger of the forelimb back to the first toe of the hind foot. These are inconspicuous when the Sugar Glider is at rest it merely looks a little flabby, as though it had lost a lot of weight recently but immediately obvious when it takes flight. The membranes are used to glide between trees: when fully extended they form an aerodynamic surface the size of a large handkerchief.
Sugar Gliders can occupy any area where there are tree hollows for shelter and sufficient food. Their diet varies considerably with both geography and the changing seasons, but the main items are the sap of acacias and certain eucalupts, nectar, pollen, and arthropods. They are difficult to see in the wild, being small, wary, and nocturnal, but a sure sign of their presence is the stripping of bark and tooth marks left in the soft, green shoots of acacia trees.
Sugar gliders love human attention and they love to play. This is what makes them special. Make sure you bond with the little ones when you bring them home. Since they sleep in the daytime, you can bond with them by letting them sleep in your pocket, but don't sit on your glider! Sugar gliders will form very strong bonds with their owners. One article says that they love to play hide and go seek.
They love it when you come home at night; they are so excited to see you!
Please buy them from a reputable breeder. You can expect to pay from $200 to $400 for them. I recommend starting with a baby since they do form much stronger bonds with you. And as always, study and gather the right information to have a safe and healthy pet.

Posted by Ruth
My two passions, health and pets.
Promoting the joy of pets and doing therapy dog work is one of my passions.


Lulu 09.07.2012. 19:40

Buying a sugar glider? Hello, so my mom just told me that I am allowed to get a sugar glider and I have a few questions:
1)Should I really get two of them or is that just what people say? Like I heard that if I only get one that'll get depressed and starve itself?
2) Are boys are girls better to have for a first time owner, or does it not really matter?
3) How do I know if I'm being ripped off? Like I heard that some companies charge like $800 for a sick one; so I guess what I'm asking is what is the usual price for them, because I really do want one I just don't want to be ripped off and end up with a sick one
4) I saw that there are 2 different type of sugar gliders; white tip and white face. Any difference or no?
And anything else you guys can tell me about them is great. I do know that they require a lot of attention which I am willing to give them. Thanks so much!


Admin 09.07.2012. 19:40

Glad to see you're trying to learn before you buy!

1) Yes you really do need two. Their basic requirement is that they are kept in pairs at least.

2) It all depends on the individual. You can either buy two females, a female and a neutered male or two neutered males. I have both and I haven't found a difference in bonding with them.

3) Buy from a reputable breeder, not a company. Companies like Pocket Pets or Tropical Attitude Pets are mill breeders which means quite often the gliders are inbred, underage when you buy them, unhandled and genenerally in bad health. I'm in the UK and the standard price for joeys is 150 each, so expect to pay between $300-$500 for your pair. Some people have gliders for sale that they cannot look after anymore and they will likely go for a lot less, but joeys will be expensive.

4) There is only 1 TYPE of sugar glider but there are lots of colour variations, white tip and white face blonde (WFB) are only 2 of them, there are about 10 in total. Standard greys are the cheapest to buy, any colour variation can dramatically increase the price of the glider.

It's best to try and find a vet that will treat them before they get sick. Gliders don't often become ill, I've never had to take mine to vet for anything more than neutering, but they are very good at hiding their illness' so chances are by the time you realise something is wrong with them they will need vetinary treatment asap.

They do need quite a specialised diet compared to other pets. They aren't difficult or overly expensive to prepare and they are the difference between a lifespan of 4 years to 14 years, and will save you lots of money on vet treatment as a lot of illness' are caused by diet.

They do need a big cage and they need to spend time with you at night, realistically there are gona be times when you're jsut too busy or unable to spend time with them at night, that is why it is so important to get two of them.

Bonding can take time, don't expect it to happen overnight or you may be very disapointed. A well socialised glider is likely to bond with you very quickly, one of the reasons I often advise people to consider adult gliders that are already socialised as some joeys can take a while to bond.

I suggest you join a sugar glider forum, or :)


Sexy Lexy <333 01.05.2009. 14:18

How can I get a job at Petsmart? I really want to work at petsmart as a reptile handler. I went in store to apply and they said you HAVE to apply online. So I did that about a year ago with no response. It really frustrates me because I own 8 reptiles myself and have tamed and worked with a ton of other reptiles. I also research them almost daily. Yet the reptile handler at the local petsmart know absolutely NOTHING about reptiles. I want to know how I can get the "qualifications" to work at petsmart. How do these people who know nothing at all about animals get to work at a pet store but yet I can't get a job there even after years of experience with not only reptiles, but cats, dogs, birds, ferrets, turtles, pocket possums, sugar gliders, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, and frogs? I just want to know what these people do to get the job that I want.
I know they don't take proper care of the animals. I rescue a lot of my animals from there. That's part of the reason I want to work there. And as far as knowing something about animals, apparently out petsmart doesn't have that requirement because I've gone there and met 3 different employees who have worked there for at least a year (I'm in there every week so I've seen them) and they still don't know the difference between fresh and saltwater fish or how to make a brackish tank or ANYTHING about reptiles. I can't work at petco or else I TOTALLY would. The closest one to me is almost 2 hours away in my hometown. And as far as retail goes, I was a cashier at piggly wiggly for almost 3 years.

Sexy Lexy <333

Admin 01.05.2009. 14:18

Woah. I work at a FABULOUS Petsmart that takes FABULOUS care of our animals. We spend hundreds of dollars vetting mice and hamsters! If animals are being mistreated then it needs to be brought to management or highers attention. No animal should ever be suffering or mistreated at Petsmart. If your management in the store doesnt care, then you need to talk to your DM or corporate.

Reptile handler is not a position. Petcare associate would be the position that deals with reptiles...It is a lot of hard work...Not just playing with animals. You would have to take care of the rest of the animals in the store as well.

Secondly, Petsmart offers careguides about the reptiles and other pets and has one series of books that it says we can refer to for reptile information. While we may know other facts about reptiles, we are only supposed to give out Petsmart approved information because there is a lot of conflicting information about raising animals in the best way.

My Petsmart doesn't even have salt water fish, so to be honest...I would have no idea either and would refer you to my manager and/or a local saltwater aquarium specialist.

I think attitude and persistence is key. I don't have small animals or know a lot about them, but I am learning. Cats just for me. I have a good attitude and work hard though.

My best advice on getting a job...go in and talk to the petcare lead and manager. Apply on line and let them know you have. Don't act like a know-it-all (we have one of these in my store who drives the rest of us UP THE WALL) or like you are above doing any job. Yes, we all pick up poop from time to time. We all change trash bags. We all run the register. We all clean up messes and stock shelves.

You may have your own way of doing things with your animals, but the Petsmart way is what counts at Petsmart.

And our breeders are vet certified and petsmart checks them out thoroughly.

P.S. Petcare is hard work but it is fun. I really enjoy my job!


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