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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-10-2005, 09:39 AM Thread Starter
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Sugar Glider Help!

Now I do not have one, I know someone who does and I fear he is being fed very inadequetly. I recall doing my research back in the day that these guys were alot of work in that department and also needed alot of fresh (one of the main reasons I decided against one) The SG in question is (to the best of my knowledge) being fed

a) Dried fruit snacks from Sunseed
b) These small granular multi coloured food things.
c) A bottle of water alternated with a bottle of Hummingbird nectar. (not both at once, IE fresh water not always available)


Please post here some great links on diet and/or post their requirements. I am looking at the FAQ one too and plan on sending that link as well as a link to this thread.

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OMG Poor little mite. It's like a kid being raised soley on fruity pebbles and cola.

He needs to get on a proven diet or he won't last long.

Two of the more popular are BML andSuncoast

We use the BML diet and have great results with it.

He must start having fruits and vegetables everyday immediately. You can use frozen. We buy a bag of mixed frozen vegetables and then I buy fresh fruit and chop it up into pieces and freeze it. If you only have one or two I believe you can buy bags of mixed frozen fruit too. (It's not economical for me with our herd.)

The nectar can be fed occasionaly as a treat. But water has to be available all the time.

The little colored food, if it is what I think it is, was origianally made for Iguanas, but is now packaged for Sugar Gliders too. Gliders who eat this have been known to smell worse and can get lumpy jaw. If he wants to leave it in their whilst the Sugar Glider adapts to his new healthier diet, it needs to be soaked in a little bit of apple juice or water so that it isn't hard.

If your friend has the internet, he might also want to join Glider Central it is a great forum and you will find all the most up to date information on Glider care.
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Thank you very much!

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I would have to concur with catherine on how bad this diet could be for this little guy
I have 16 - 20 gliders at any one time along with rescues all on the bml diet . Calcium is a big concern with suggies and a well balanced diet is esential for good health.
The coloured pellets are called pretty pet or something like that and were intended for juvenile iguana food.
fruits should be offered fresh or frozen but never dried as a part of their staple diet. dried fruit can be used in veryyyyy small amounts as treats, when you dry fruit it concentrates the sugar to such a high level that it is not good for them and also they need a diet high in moisture and this diet has none of the necessary components for good health. It is great that you were concerned enough to ask though, cudo's to you , I hope you can direct your friend to glider central or here where she can ask for some direction on diets best suited for gliders.
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I whole heartedly agree with everything that Catherine and Possumomca says. Sugargliders have very specific dietary needs to stay healthy. It really isn't too difficult once you get the essentials down. The links to the Bml diet should really help out with what to feed.

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Thanks everyone. I emailed the link to here and a few other sites, but I haven't heard anything yet. I hope the info is being taken to heart.

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If you or your friend has any other questions about diet or general care or anything else glider related let me know and I would be glad to try and help.
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Oh wow!! Poor lil fella!!! I feed Kizzy the BML and try to make sure she gets 75% fresh fruits and veggies and 25% Protein, She loves meal worms and crickets! I also read somewhere about putting a little apple cider vinegar (just a little!!) in her water bottle to help fend off bacteria, so I have been doing that as well.


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Hi everyone one. I would like to report that this information has been printed out and will be given to the gliders owner by the current care taker. Hopefully it's taken to heart. Thanks again for all your help!

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Thank you for caring about the little fuzzbutt enough to find this stuff out.
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Kudos to you for recognizing that maybe your friend needs a little help in the feeding department. I also use BML and frozen fruits and veggies and mealies and my gliders are very happy and healthy. And honestly it is a really easy diet to prepare. Just make sure they order the really good vitamins and calcioum that goes into the BML, it is very importnant not to leave that out. If you cant find it there are lots of places online to order it. Again, you are a good glider guardian

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