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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-30-2005, 10:49 PM Thread Starter
 
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Anybody know a TX breeder?

Do any of ya'll know a glider Breeder in Texas? Prefferably near dallas. I'll probably get a few once we get our house bulit. We're clearing the land now, so it will be a while. Thanx!!
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Being from Texas you need to be very careful when choosing your glider. There are a number who mass produce them down there. They are usually raised in a small cage, with no toys or attention and fed a crappy diet. If you buy from someone like that, you are going to end up with a unsocialised, unhealthy glider.

Angie http://sugarglidersangiesangels.bravehost.com/ is in Texas, but I don't remember where. She rescues mainly, and if not near Dallas, I am sure would be able to help you find a good breeder near you.

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http://www.angelfire.com/tx/glidertree
Mary and Charlie also do a huge amount of rescued work and are great people.

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Large breeder, but does have a good reputation. Breeds a lot of the different colors.
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There are dozens of sugar glider "puppy mills" in the Austin area, its rather sad. Rescuers are just inundated with angry little gliders.

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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-01-2005, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thank you! Yah, when I saw gliders for sale in the newspaper, I figured there were lots of animal mills. The people down here are really into it. It's horrible. Puppies, gliders, bunnies, reptiles, bird, you name it, there's a mill of them. I feel so bad the the animals! I don't want a breeder who is in it for the money. I want one that is in it for the well-being of the animals.

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Today I went to Canton, which is a town that has this fair like thing once a month, where they sell animals, and mercandise at basically a fair ground. There were so many puppy mills, it was horrible. And they were all outside, in the 98 degree weather. They had puppies, bunnies, birds, and there was one booth of gliders.

The poor gliders! It was a mill. They were not tame, and the one I held was a biter! The lady was holding this baby that "was playing dead" on it's back, and making these hiss, purr type noises, and it was mean, and bit. she was using old shoe laces as harneses, and bropped the baby so it was swinging by it. They were selling them by ones, and to impulse buyers, that didn't know a thing about them. They just thought they were cute. They were telling them that two would be fine in a small rabbit cage. NO WAY!! How are they supposed to GLIDE?? Oh, it made me so mad and sad to see those poor gliders, cooped up in the heat. And they didn't sell them cheaper if you bought more than one, so they were only selling them in onsies. They need friends!!!!!

I did learn that they were a lot softer that I thought though. They feel more like a bunny.

If I get a few of them as babies, can I tame them more, and teach them not to bite? My hedgie didn't come from a good home, and he is calm, and tame now. Will gliders do that? She claims that as soom as they come out of the pouch, after a week or soo they play with them every day. They just didn't seem that socialized to me.
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Please dont' buy any gliders from that woman. If you buy two, they will just be replaced by another two. The only way to stop people like that is too stop buying their animals all together.

A unsocialised glider is really not a good choice for your first glider. That is one of the reasons so many end up in rescues. People buy these gliders that are scared of humans and they are put off and can't handle the behavior or know what to do. It can take a lot of time and patience to tame a glider that isn't friendly and doesn't know you aren't going to hurt him.
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ok, that's what I figured. I think I'll contact Angie, as you had suggested. We are strongly considering being a foster family. I'll have to talk to her about it. Then, If i think I made a impulse decision(but i don't think i have) I don't have to keep them, or if I love them to death(as i predict) I can adopt them, and continue to provide foster care to more. So, when we are ready I'll talk to Angie. She has a great program going, and I love her really strict adoption agreement! She seems to be a wonderful person, in it for the animals, not the money.
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I am looking forward to talking to you. We have so many gliders needing homes here in Texas. I have a hard time placing them because it seems everyone sees a cute baby and wants one. I try to tell them they grow up very quickly and most from flea markets and trade shows have not been handled, it only takes a few severe bites and then the glider is left alone..unfortunatly they end up here quite often. Most of the time they have diet and health issues that we have to deal with along with behavior issues also. I am so happy to hear you didn't purchase from First Monday, the conditions there are terrible but common. Just like puppy and kitten mills there are glider mills. I encourage everyone to either adopt a rescue or find a small breeder who will let you begin bonding with your joey from right out of the pouch.
We don't do active breeding any longer and are trying to neuter every male that comes in, and its common for them to allready have a joey in the pouch, alot of the time they are inbreeding.
Why don't you visit and if you are wanting to learn more about sugar gliders I will help you. We have many people who come to help with the gliders, hold them and help clean cages. We are also having our Hope for Gliders meet up on the 9th at my house, I know the group would like to meet you and your family. You can contact me anytime.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-05-2005, 10:16 PM Thread Starter
 
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Oh yay!!! I'm so glad your in this forum! Small world huh? lol I would love to come and visit! I'll talk to my parents. My brother has a basketball tournament in Denton coming up soon. I can't remeber exactly when. I'll have to check. Anyway, we were planning on playing around in dallas, so I'll see if we can come play. lol

We bought 5 acres near Tyler, nextdoor to my grandparents. Right now we are clearing the land, so we are staying at my gramp's. I'm planning on building a glider aviary, so once that is all set up, We may be able to become a foster family. My mom is up to it. I'll talk to her abpout visiting soon. ttyl, and thanx!!

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