Sugar Glider Care Guide

Little Critters Veterinary Hospital

1525 N Gilbert Road Suite #C-101
Gilbert, AZ 85234

(480)696-7744

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Sugar Gliders: A QUICK FACT SHEET

BY:  JILL M. PATT, DVM

 Sugar Glider Vet Gilbert, Az

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT:      Australia – woods/forests, Nocturnal

 

LIFESPAN:      12+ years

 

SEXING:          Females have a mid-abdominal pouch

                        Males has a pre-penile scrotum           

 

HOUSING:       Gliders are social animals and should never be kept alone. A large cage is needed to allow these athletic animals to explore.  Bird cages are frequently utilized. 

Larger is better, but ensure that the screen is small enough to safely keep your glider in the cage.

A sleeping pouch and hide box are needed as are a variety of perches for climbing. 

Parrot toys can be provided for additional stimulation as can a rodent wheel.

 

DIET:               Diet is extremely important for sugar gliders and an improper diet can literally kill your glider.

                        I recommend one of the 2 options below for providing the best nutrition for your pet.

                        As with any exotic pet, it is important that you research and understand the needs of your pet both in the wild and in captivity.

                                    OPTION 1:

                                    50% Protein

                                    insects, hardboiled egg with shell, newborn mice, lean meat, high quality cat food,  monkey chow

                                    50% Sugars/gums

                                    fresh nectar, maple syrup, honey, acacia gum, gum Arabic, commercial lory diet, Glideraide

                                    OPTION 2: 

                                    50% Leadbeaters Mix

                                                150 ml warm water
                                                150 ml honey
                                                1 shelled hard boiled egg
                                                25 grams high protein baby cereal
                                                1 teaspoon vitamin supplement

                                    50% Commercial Insectivore diet
                                                Mazuri® Insectivore Diet
                                               
Zupreem Omnivore Diet           

TREATS:

Small amounts of fresh fruits, vegetables, baby food, and dairy products can be offered.

 

SUPPLEMENTS:  A combination of a vitamin and mineral supplement such as Rep-Cal Herptivite should be sprinkled over food.  The calcium supplement should be phosphorus free.

 

WATER: Clean/fresh water should be available at all times.  A water bottle is typically provided.

 

MEDICAL CONCERNS:            Hind limb paralysis syndrome, Nutritional disorders, Obesity, Cataracts. Trauma, Respiratory disease, Parasites, Gastrointestinal disease, Stress-related disease, Pouch disorders, Dental disease

 

FURTHER INFORMATION:       Dr. Jill M. Patt’s web site at:  www.littlecrittersvet.com

                                                Sugar Glider Net:  http://sugarglider.net/

                                                Mazuri Insectivore Diet:  http://www.mazuri.com/

                                                Gliderade:  http://www.exoticnutrition.com/Glider-Supplements.htm                                         
       

Provided by: Little Critters Veterinary Hospital 

1525 N. Gilbert, Rd., Ste. C-101 Gilbert, AZ 85234  -  (480) 696-7744 - www.littlecrittersvet.com