I love Sugar Gliders. Ever since I saw my friend with one, I've always though they were the coolest little creatures out there. I have four of them and love them to death. Here are some facts you should read into if you're planning on buying one of these fun little creatures.
The life span of a Sugar Glider in captivity is ten to fifteen years, which is a very long time if you compare it to other rodents. On average, they only weigh about four or five ounces, which makes them extremely fragile. Sugar gliders are very social. They need and crave lots of companionship. This makes them bond well to their owners, and if you can provide a lot of attention and spend the necessary time with your glider, keeping a single glider can work. Otherwise, consider keeping more than one glider, ideally a same sex pair (or a female and neutered male) to prevent repeated breeding. Introducing adults is difficult though so it is best to raise them together from a young age. If they're not introduced at a young age, the gliders can end up killing the other one. They are very territorial, and if raised together while they are young, they will be fine and will share their territory with the other Glider.
Sugar gliders are nocturnal so they will be most active during the night. They will usually be happy to spend time with their owners during the day though - sleeping in a pocket or bonding pouch. Bonding pouches help the Glider get used to your scent and it will make them want to be with you more. They will be a lot more tame the more time that you spend with them. Some people even walk around with Sugar Gliders on their shoulders without fear that the glider will jump off and run away. It takes a lot of work to get a Glider to be that tame, but if you're willing to make the effort, it is very rewarding being able to see your Glider trust you enough to stay with you and not try to run away.
Sugar Gliders love fruits and veggies. They can eat a lot of foods that we eat, but some of them will make them sick. It is important to read up on what they eat before you put something in their cage. For example, Gliders can have nuts, just not in excess. They also love to eat fruit, but shouldn't be given dried fruit as it may have some salt mixed in with it. Gliders also love to eat insects. At just about any pet store you can get food made specifically for Gliders, with a mixture of fruits and insects your Glider is sure to love! If you're ever not sure on what to feed your Glider, just get some Glider food from the pet store. It has calcium, and all the vitamins your Glider needs to stay happy and healthy!
Amanda Lauck - Midvale, UT. For grandfather clocks and/or cuckoo clocks please visit http://www.grandticktock.com/