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Sugar Gliders


Sugar Glider

From New Guinea, Australia or Indonesian rain forests comes this small nocturnal tree dwelling Marsupial that is related to Kangaroos and Opossums.  They are highly social and live in groups, so as with Ferrets and Prairie Dogs a second "buddy" is advisable.

These docile creatures are fun to watch and handle, but require large cages, a hide box for sleeping/security and lots of branches for their tree dwelling nature.  They are prone to malnutrition often causing rear end paralysis, parasites, pneumonia and malocclusion, so consult an experienced exotic veterinarian prior to any problems.

They live 10 to 15 years and require a diet of fresh chopped fruit and vegetables, a vitamin/mineral supplement (Nekton Lori is best) and fresh gut loaded insects such as Crickets, Mealworms and Waxworms.

If you're not prepared for the daily upkeep on these, don't get one!

The above is a reprint of an article written by Jack Landess, D.V.M., as a public service.  Reprint permission was obtained from the Florida Pet Pages.



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