Sugar Glider Care
Sugar gliders need a large cage at least 2 ft long by 2 ft wide and 3 ft tall. This size can house up to 2 gliders. Bigger cages are always better. The bar spacing must be 1/2 inch, anything larger and your glider will get out. In the cage they need a pouch to sleep in, a food dish, water bottle, wheel for exercise, and lots of toys! Even with all of this, they still need daily play time outside of the cage in a glider-safe room.
Feed your sugar gliders at night, just before they wake up. We feed the HPW diet along with fresh fruits and vegetables. We also leave out a pellet food during the day for a snack if they get hungry, however, pellets should never be the main diet. For a list of safe fruits and veggies to feed, please click here. Always have fresh water available.
Sugar gliders form a strong bond with their new owners. The bonding process can take anywhere from a few days to a few months, it all depends on how much time you spend with them. Spend as much time with them as possible. They bond based on scent, so even being carried around in your pocket can help with bonding.
Do they bite?
Any animal with teeth can bite. Generally, gliders are pretty good about not biting.
Do they smell?
Females and neutered males have no smell, but intact (not neutered) males do have an odor and will mark their cage. As long as you keep their cage clean it isn't bad.
Do they need vaccinations?
No. They do not need vaccinations. However, it is recommended to take them to the vet for a health checkup annually.
Do they make noise?
They can make a variety of noises, including barking, crabbing, hissing, and more. They are usually pretty quiet.
Can they be potty trained?
Unfortunately, no. They can't be potty trained. They usually go pee and poop right after waking up, so if you make sure they go potty in the cage before taking them out, they will be good for a few hours.
Should I get more than one?
Yes!! They are very social and need a friend. We offer a discount if you buy more than one.
Can they play outside?
We do not recommend taking your sugar glider outside unless they are secured in a carrier or pouch. They can easily jump up a nearby tree and decide it is more fun to explore than come back to you. They are fast and hard to catch. Although we occasionally take our gliders out shopping while they sleep in our pocket, I would not try this until you have completely bonded with your glider and can trust that they will not come out.
Are they a good kids pet?
I do not suggest sugar gliders as a kids pet. I'd say anyone 13 or older can handle it, if they are mature. Even this age is a little young. Sugar gliders require a complicated diet that most kids will have a hard time with. If you are looking for an exotic pet for your younger children, try a short tailed opossum. They are similar, but much easier.
How much do they cost?
Click here for pricing.
Price includes pouch, food, and toy.