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