Up Close and Personal with Sugar Gliders!

Posted by TF Oren

Sometimes you're in "eye-of-the-tiger mode" and all about getting stuff done.

Other times (i.e. most of the time), you just want to sit back and watch videos of cute little animals.

If you're in the latter mode, you've clicked on the right link, and you're in for a real treat. What you're about to see is a glimpse into life with sugar gliders.

In the wild, these cute little nocturnal marsupials live in colonies of about 15-20. They reside almost exclusively in trees and "glide" from branch to branch with the help of skin flaps - or membranes - under their limbs, which function like parachutes.

But we digress...you're here to see sugar gliders, also known as sugar bears, so without further ado, meet Psi, "the adventurous one," and Phi, "the shy one":

Sugar gliders are wild animals originally from Australia and Indonesia. And although they can be kept as pets in some areas, they are NOT appropriate pets for beginning pet owners, as they require a great deal of special care and maintenance.

A healthy sugar glider is fed a proper diet found in their natural habitat: fresh fruits and vegetables, live insects, and eggs. You can also buy sugar glider food that's in pellet form and provides all the vitamins and minerals necessary in the sugar glider diet to avoid health issues. The sugar glider lifespan ranges from 12 to 15 years.

Sugar glider owners must provide their nocturnal animals a large cage, big enough for plenty of climbing since they are tree-dwelling marsupials. These small animals are also social animals, so consider getting two sugar gliders.

If you're interested in learning more about the responsibilities of owning a sugar glider, click here. Learn more about sugar glider care from Pocket Pets. Also look to give a sugar glider a new home by adopting! Make sure you check with your city and state regulations as these are still considered exotic animals.

What do you think of these adorable little gliders? Let us know in the comments section!

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