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Sugar Glider Facts & Information

Updated on October 10, 2011

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Sugar Glider Facts

  • Sugar gliders are marsupial and are much like a kangaroo.
  • There are no sugar glider rescues anywhere in the U.S.
  • Sugar glider rescues are just an internet scam to make money.
  • The female sugar glider has 3 vagina's and 2 uteruses.
  • The male sugar glider has 2 penises and 3 scent glands.
  • A sugar glider can glide over 200 feet.
  • Sugar gliders in the wild hardly ever, if ever, touch the ground.
  • The sugar gliders scientific name is Petaurus breviceps.
  • Sugar gliders are native to Australia, Indonesia, and parts of New Guinea.
  • They have opposable fingers and toes, much like us.
  • Sugar gliders crave attention and need a companion.
  • Sugar gliders are found in groups of 15-30 in the wild.
  • They are nocturnal creatures, so they are awake during the day.
  • Sugar gliders are only pregnant for roughly 16 days.
  • Sugar gliders live in the pouch for almost 3 months before leaving it.
  • Sugar gliders are called pocket pets because people keep them in there pockets during the day.
  • Sugar gliders weigh between 4-6oz (100-180 grams) at maturity.
  • Sugar gliders live up to 15 years in captivity.
  • Sugar gliders get about 6 inches long with another 6 inch tail.
  • In the wild sugar gliders mark territories up to 10,000 square meters.
  • Male sugar gliders have scent gland that they use to mark there territory.
  • Sugar gliders are said to be just as intelligent as dog and can even learn its name.
  • Sugar glider is not in any way shape or form a rodent.
  • Sugar gliders do not chew are not destructive by nature.
  • Sugar gliders are very intellectual and enjoy games and problem solving.
  • A Sugar glider can often times unlock there door and escape.
  • Sugar gliders can be bonded to cats and even dogs with no problems.
  • Sugar gliders got there name due to the fact of them loving sugar and sucking on sap.
  • They often eat fresh fruit and vegetables.
  • Sugar gliders are very clean and normally won't go potty where they sleep.
  • Sugar gliders make great pets for people with allergies because they are hypoallergenic.
  • Sugar gliders have no odor if cared for properly.
  • Sugar gliders normally cost over $500 and are considered exotic pets.
  • Sugar gliders can have up to 6 babies in the pouch at a time.
  • Sugar glider veterinarians are rare and normally pretty expensive.
  • You must have a USDA licence to breed more than 4 female sugar gliders.
  • Sugar gliders make a ton of noises including barking, chirping, hissing, and crabbing.
  • Sugar gliders are not vicious and they only bite if provoked.
  • Two Sugar gliders require at least a 4ft x 4ft x 2ft enclosure.
  • Male sugar gliders have ascent gland on there forehead where they are a little bald.
  • Male sugar gliders are very territorial and sometimes will not allow another suagr glider to enter his colony.
  • A sugar glider falls under the mammal category.

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    • Nspeel profile image

      Nspeel 6 years ago from Myrtle Beach

      Kelly - Thank you sir I will take a look shortly. They really are great pets.

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      KellyPatterson 6 years ago

      WOW your whole Hub page is Fantastic!!!

      You can also see my lens on

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      Dragonrain 6 years ago

      There are many rescues out there for all species (yes including Sugar Gliders) that are not government funded but are registered non-profits and do amazing work for animals.

      And on the other hand, I've been too some government funded shelter that where absolutely horrible. As in like animal abuse horrible.

      Shelters/rescues do not have to be government funded to be legitimate and legal. Just because they are not government funded, does not mean they are just out for money.

      If you think Pocket Pets is garbage than why are you promoting them in your articles? Even if you don't trust the rescues that are out there, getting a glider from a USDA breeder or off Craigslist or something would be 1000X better than going to a mill broker. And yet in all your Sugar Glider articles that I looked at you either promoted directly or posted information you got from Pocket Pets, but then you turn around and say they are garbage.

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      Nspeel 6 years ago from Myrtle Beach

      Dragonrain - HELL NO PPP is garbage I would never work for their company. Although there are no government funded rescues in the U.S. meaning there are no legitimate rescues people often call themselves rescues but are normally out for money. Link me to one legit rescue and i'll be amazed. Sugar bears get just as many searches as sugar gliders so to me they are often called sugar bears. I did not make the name I just know what people call them.

      C1234 - Yes normally there is, can you find a legitimate rescue for sugar gliders? One that is not there to sell you anything and will not sell a sugar glider to anyone? I have looked for years and have not found one.

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      c1234rystal 6 years ago

      I thought that saying there are no rescues for sugar gliders sounded strange...Each animal/breed usually has a legitimate rescue dedicated to it.

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      Dragonrain 6 years ago

      Um what? Where are you getting this information? There are no Sugar Glider rescues and the rescues are just an "internet scam to make money'? Ummm I'm sorry but there's no nicer way to put this, those facts are just outright wrong. Do you have something against rescues or something?

      Many good USDA licensed breeders sell gliders for under $500.

      Sugar Bears, heh, do you work for Pocket Pets (mill broker) or something? Sad. I hope potential owners who read this have the common sense to check out other sources as well.