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July 16, 2011

sugar glider ' care (HOUSING)


Sugar gliders do indeed make extraordinary pets.  It is not, however, the best pet for every household.  Gliders, like all exotic pets, have particular needs specific to their species.  They also live 12-14 years in captivity.  The decision to add a glider to your household is one that we hope you consider carefully.  Our glider friends are not difficult animals to keep. 
Some people you talk to will make it sound like rocket science.  It's just a matter of knowing basic information concerning housing, nutrition, socialization, and potential health hazards.  You are always welcome to correspond with us and we will gladly share the wealth of experience we've enjoyed while successfully raising and caring for a significant colony of wonderful sugar gliders and joeys.

So now you've decided to get a sugar glider.  What do you do now?  Let's take a crash course in the four top subjects that you will need to become familiar with in order to make this adventure great for you and your new pet. 

Sugar Glider Housing 

Your sugars glider cage should be big enough for the critter to have ample room to jump and glide.  We suggest a minimum size of  30 x18 x 36.  It's better to go taller and narrower with housing than shorter and wider.  The bigger the cage is the better.  You will want to outfit your cage with hanging food dishes, a hamster type bottle, perches, and a variety of toys.  Vertical branches and climbing ropes  work well.  Our favorite glider toy is the Wodent Wheel as it gives them lots of exercise and sugar gliders weally wike it a wot!

Cages made of wire construction are the most desirable.  Glass  surfaces, like aquariums, or other surfaces that prohibit a glider from climbing are extremely detrimental and likely to lead to hip fusions and other joint problems.  You want your glider to be able to scale the walls of the cage easily, hang from the top and have perches, ledges or other types of platforms they can jump and swing from.

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