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Sugar Gliders

Sugar gliders are a marsupial mammal native to Australia.  They can make interesting pets but have some very special requirements and are probably not a good choice for beginners.  Sugar gliders are typically housed in large open or multilevel wire enclosures with solid bottoms with wire spacing no greater than ¼ inch.  They can get out of anything! Maintain the cage temperature around 75F to 80F.  They are social animals and due much better in captivity when they have companions.  Enrichment can include the addition of live tree branches to the enclosures.  Some examples of appropriate woods are elm, oak, and hickory (avoid cherry, azalea, and black walnut).  Diet is perhaps the most important and most difficult aspect of keeping sugar gliders healthy in captivity.  They are omnivorous and require a high protein and high carbohydrate diet.  A commercial insectivore or carnivore diet made for sugar gliders should make up at least 50% of the diet.  They also need a source of nectar.  They can be given fresh nectar, maple syrup, honey, a commercial product such as Gliderade for this purpose.  Protein sources can include insects such as mealworms and crickets, eggs, newborn mice, lean meat, and commercial cat food.  They can also eat limited amounts of other fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and grains.  Variety is the name of the game.

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