Sugar Gliders as Pets
Sugar gliders have very interesting, inquisitive personalities, searching every corner just looking for things to get into. They are very affectionate and loving but at the same time are only appropriate for certain types of people.
These pets are family friendly but not child friendly. Young children should stay away from these animals as pets until they are much older and more responsible.
Lifespan and Weight
These animals can live upwards of 10 to 15 years in captivity, so long term commitment on part of the owner is a must! The average weight for this species of pet is around 4 to 5½ ounces.
As lovable as these pets are, they don't come without their fair share of health problems. Some of the health problems prone to them include, but are not limited to Malnutrition, Trauma, Self-inflicted wounds, Stress-related disease: coprophagia (eating fecal material), hyperphagia (overeating), polydipsia (over drinking), behavioral signs such as pacing, self-chewing, Intestinal parasites, Pneumonia, Diarrhea, gastroenteritis, constipation/impaction, Hind leg paralysis, and Blindness/cataracts
Housebreaking and Shedding
These pets can be taken out to be played with, but should always have adequate breaks in between playtime in order to use the bathroom in their cages. It is not recommended to let them have "free roam" of the house. Shedding is average for these pets, depending on the time of year and the environment they are kept in.
Best Owner Compatibility
Not for the frequent traveler. Can be for the apartment or condo dweller, provided they supervise closely. Best owner has lots of love and attention to give, and is extremely attentive to their particular diet. Keep in mind, these pets need and crave lots of attention, and think nothing of being perched in a pocket all day sleeping just to be next to their owner.
These pets have a very specific diet. Failure to follow this diet to the letter can cause a majority part of your diseases, including death! Their diet should consist of the following: 20% to 30% fruits, 40% vegetables (they don't like bananas, citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons, and limes, etc. can cause diarrhea, canned fruits have too much sugar, frozen veggies are good), and 25% to 50% protein (such as monkey chow, tofu, cooked turkey or chicken, hardboiled eggs, and insects). Not to mention that they need fresh water every day and that this diet needs to be fresh every day as well!
Where to Buy
The best places to buy these pets are from reputable breeders, animal shelters, and rescue organizations.
Owning one of these pets does not come cheaply. The average cost for a sugar glider is around $600+ for each sugar glider. It is recommended that you get two sugar gliders if you consider getting sugar gliders at all. Routine veterinary care should be included in your budget.
These animals aren't normally prone to aggression. However, they tend to "explore" with their mouths so be careful!
These lovable little critters are nocturnal animals, so be prepared for them to make some type of noise and racket when they are up all night. They love to run on a wheel all night to let loose of their energies.
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