Sunday, January 8, 2012

Sugar Glider facts

Did you know?

Check out these fun facts about Sugar Glider:

• Sugar gliders get their name from their love of sweet foods and a membrane that allows them to glide

• They are native to Australia, Tasmania, Indonesia & Papua-New Guinea

• They are marsupials which means they raise their young in a pouch on the mom's belly

• An adult Sugar Glider will weigh between 4 to 5 oz, grow to 13" long and can live up to 15 years

• Sugar Gliders are Nocturnal which means they sleep during the day and are active at night

• Even though they are fur covered, their ears are hairless. Their ears move independent of each other in constant motion picking up sounds

• Their tail is used for stability and balance and direction of flight when gliding

• A membrane of skin runs from the wrist to the ankle giving the Sugar Glider the ability to glide

• They make loud barking sounds like a small dog

• A Sugar glider is a social animal which means they do better in pairs but normally live in groups of up to seven adults and their young

• Their diet is made up of insects, small vertebrates, tree sap from Eucalyptus, Acacia and Gum trees, nectar, pollen and fruits

• Sugar Gliders can peel the bark of a tree with their teeth! Imagine what a bite would feel like!

• Much like a ferret or skunk they have glands on their body to emit scent and mark with their urine

• They are one of the most commonly traded wild animals in the illegal pet trade, where animals are plucked directly from their natural habitats

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