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I am new to taking care of my sugar gliders i have some questions
I have 2 of them 1 boy and 1 girl about 7-9 months old

First off what should i feed my sugar gliders?

At the moment i've been feeding it grapes,applesauce,water, these sugar glider pellets.

How can i tell if my sugar gliders are mating?

They stay in the sleeping pouch a lot and i hear them making a tsk noise
The boy is always trying to get on top of the girl and following her.

How can i get the sugar gliders to bond faster

The boy is starting to come around he doesn't bite me a lot if he does its nibbles
The girl i let out of the cage today so i can hold she ran around my room for atleast 30 minutes while i was trying to get her. She was hopping around the room trying to jump on stuff
I'm still trying to buy a pouch so they can bond

Any other tips i should know?

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Hey :)

Are you trying to breed them? Because, no offense, but it sounds like you really need to do a lot more research before you think about breeding. Especially if you don't know what you should feed them. Gliders that are not healthy/well nourished will be a lot more likely to have problems raising babies. It's not uncommon for parents to reject or even kill their own joeys if they (the parents) are not in peak physical condition.

Also if you are breeding, I hope you know the lineages of both gliders and have made extra sure that you are not inbreeding.

You can get the male neutered if you decide you don't want them breeding.

What techniques are you trying to bond with them? Have you tried "tent time"? You can look up more about it, but basically it's when you get a small pop up tent and hang out with them in there. I'd suggest getting a bonding pouch as well. Also, you can take small pieces of fleece and rub them on yourself so they get your sent on them, then put them in your gliders pouches to help them get use to your sent. Feeding them treats from your hands should help the bonding process as well.

As for diet, there are a number of different diets that people use successfully. It's something you're going to have to research, and choose which diet you want to use.

Here's some links to help you get started...

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Hi everyone,

This is my first post. I'm glad to stumble across this forum in my regular online search for all good things related to sugar gliders specifically, it happens to be my favorite type of pet. I hope to be a part of your community and learn a lot about the sugar glider in the process

I look forward to meeting everyone here on the forums!

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I kind of have to agree with the first reply - it sounds like you have quite a bit more research. Gliders are very in-depth creatures.

Diet - there are many different diet regimens. The basic principle is to keep a 2:1 calcium to phosphorous ratio. Phosphorous prohibits the absorption of calcium, and if a glider does not get enough calcium it could develop hind leg paralysis, which is almost always deadly. While gliders need fruit, vegetables are also extremely important. Protein is essential, in the form of live or freeze dried crickets, mealworms, and cooked chicken. Please, please do some more research! Pellets can be used to supplement a diet but are by no means a complete solution.

Gliders make several different noises. A tsking or clicking noise is typically an indication of contentment. They could also be cleaning themselves.

They will likely breed if they are in the same cage together. Family dynamics can be quite complicated, and as the poster mentioned, they can kill their babies if not the parents are not properly cared for.

Gliders will stay in their pouch all day long, as they are nocturnal animals. They will most likely only get out after dark, and are most active in the wee hours of the morning.

Normal bonding can take several weeks or more, please don't rush it. Give the gliders a chance to come to you and get to know you without trying to force it. That will only invade their privacy and delay their trust. They are very tentative animals by nature and it takes a long time for them to gain their trust.

If a glider wants to run and play, it will not stand to be held. It will cuddle and curl in your hand when it is sleepy or wants to, but there may be times they choose playing and running over being on you.

Check out It is a community of glider owners, and there is a rich resource of information there.

Best of luck!
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