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Glider Facts

  • Sugar gliders can cover over 7 acres in one night foraging for food in the wild.
  • Sugar Gliders are marsupials and have pouches just like a kangaroo. The sugar gliders pouch doesn't open horizontal like a kangaroos' instead it runs vertically.
  • Sugar Gliders require at least 2 hours of "out of cage" time spent playing with them every night. You can play with them in a tent or a room you have "glider-proofed", but they need these 2 hours because they are a very social animal and without your company they can get depressed and die of a lonely heart. So before you buy a sugar glider always remember they need 2 hours a night and most gliders don't wake up until midnight or later.
  • Sugar Gliders use a membrane of skin located between their wrists and ankles to glide from tree top to tree top or shoulder to shoulder. The sugar glider can glide up to several hundred feet this way. Though this is a long distance the animal that holds the record for distance in a single glide is the Flying Lemur from the Philippines which can glide 445 feet or more!
  • Sugar Gliders form colonies in the wild which contain up to 12 individuals. These colonies are normally all "relatives" and consist of four unrelated adults of varying gender and several generations of offspring.
  • To sell or give away sugar gliders you need a USDA license. A lot of exotic animals are this way. Laws from state-to-state seem to vary a little, but all states require a permit. So if you put a male and female together you want to make sure the male is neutered because if not babies will be on the way.
  • Sugar Gliders are not legal in some of the United States. The only states that don't allow sugar gliders are:
  • Illegal states: California, Georgia, Hawaii, Maine, Alaska
    Even traveling through these states is illegal if you have a glider with you. The only exception is Georgia. Georgia gives you 24 hours to drive straight through with a glider.
  • Sugar Gliders can come in a few different shades. Domestic bred gliders tend to be gray in appearance whereas wild gliders are more of a cocoa color. They believe this is due to the sap and the gliders habitat. Sugar Gliders can also be albino, cinnamon, and white tipped. The white tipped glider looks like a regular except it has a white tip on the end of its tail.
  • Sugar Gliders use their long and fluffy tail, while soaring through the air, to help them navigate like a rudder on an airplane. This way if they see another branch they would like to jump to instead of the one the aimed for they can change direction and get there safely.
  • Sugar Gliders use several different ways to communicate. One is body language and scent and the other is vocalizations. They use several different types of vocalizations, the most common being the crab. It sounds like an electric pencil sharpener gone badly. This is basically their only defense in the wild and it is a really scary sound coming from such a small creature. They use this when they are annoyed, defending themselves, scared, or feel like they are threatened. I will post more vocalizations tomorrow.
  • Another Sugar Glider vocalization is barking. There are many different theories on why a sugar glider may bark. The theories range from wanting attention to locating other gliders in the wild. A gliders back sounds like that of a very puppy and it is quite cute to hear.
  • Sugar Gliders also emit a hissing sound from time to time. Normally a glider will do this when it encounters another glider. It could be a greeting or possibly question as to what the other glider intends to do. Sometimes you may hear a hiss when a glider uses the restroom. Some gliders just do this when they use the bathroom and others use it to signal trouble, like when they are constipated.
  • Another sound that you can hear a sugar glider making is a chattering, chirping, or low clicking. This sound means the glider is extremely happy. Gliders will make this when eating their favorite food or playing their favorite games with you. This sound is so great to hear because you know your glider is extremely happy and that is always good.

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