Sugar Gliders Galore


Sugar Gliders are native to Australia, and also go by the name Australian Flying Squirrels. They are marsupials related to possums that are found in the tree tops of Australia, Indonesia, and Tasmania. The name “sugar glider” derives from their diet of sweet fruits and their ability to glide through the trees with membrane flaps that stretch from their arms to their bodies. These flaps resemble wings.
Class: Mammalia
Subclass: Marsupialia
Order: Diprotodontia
Suborder: Phalangerida
Subfamily: Petauroidea
Family: Petauridae
Many categorize sugar gliders as pocket pets. They are considered to be marsupials due to their means of reproduction. This consists of a short gestation which renders the young completely reliant of the mother until they are developed enough to feed and live outside the pouch on their own. Their young are called joeys. Sugar Gliders are very small animals with an adult measuring from head to body about 5-6 inches. Their tails usually equal in length to their bodies. Male sugar gliders are typically a bit larger than females. They have large ears and eyes in relation to their head size. Their eyes are large due to their nocturnal nature, and they allow them to see properly in the dark. They are usually gray in color with a cream colored underbelly and typically have a dark stripe running from between their eyes to the end of their bodies. Their tails have full fur in order to balance them as they move through the trees in the wild. They have five digits on each forefoot with claws. Their hind feet also have five digits as well as an imposable toe for balancing on branches. The second and third digit of their hind feet are fused together which makes an excellent tool for grooming. Their life span is 5-7 years in the wild and 12-15 years in captivity.

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