How to Take Care of a Sugar Glider

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Caring for sugar gliders is not suitable for everyone, as this exotic pet requires a large cage, a specific diet and prescribed amounts of contact with humans. Understand how sugar gliders function before keeping one as a pet with helpful information from a practicing veterinarian in this free video on exotic pets.

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Let's talk about the care of the Sugar Glider. Now this is a nocturnal species of marsupial that comes from Australia. And it's a very popular type of pocket pet or exotic type of pet, that is seen in the United States, and it's legal in most states, but check with your local laws and make sure. They do have some unique properties, again, they are nocturnal, and they have a, a type of, of wing, they also like to, to yell a lot too. But they have a wing that's attached to their underside of their arm, essentially called the patagium, and this allows them to glide when they jump out of trees. Like flying squirrels do. So there's a little thin membrane right there that allows them to do that. They also like a large cage, so they can jump and move and glide a little bit in there and get exercise. The other thing that's unique about them is their diet. They'll mostly insectivores and sap eaters and fruit eaters, and so these guys are commonly fed a commercial diet and some insects, like mill worms, crickets, that sort of thing. Make sure, before you ever get a Sugar Glider, to, to research them because they're not for everybody. They are, they can, you know, sometimes be handled, and be, and enjoy that. But they typically kind of like to be left alone. They also love to be carried around in pouches because they're marsupials and that's a normal thing for them to do. If you just heard that sound a minute ago, that's called 'crabbing' and that's their way of kind of being defensive and saying, "hey, don't touch me right now, I'm not real happy about it." But, if you do handle them quite a bit and train them, they can be good and social. The longer you go without doing that, they won't like to be touched anymore. So, make sure a Sugar Glider is right for you, get pamphlets or books about them, talk to your pet stores, your veterinary clinics that sees Sugar Gliders, and make sure it's a right pet for you.

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