Sugar Glider: Profile & Caring

Sugar Glider

Sugar gliders are popular exotic pets because they are small, cute, and unique marsupials native to Australia and parts of Indonesia. They have a gliding membrane-a thin, skin-like structure extending from the forelimbs to the hind limbs on each side, almost like wings that help them move between trees.

Sugar gliders are playful, curious, and sociable pets. However, they must be petted frequently to keep them tame and need plenty of room to move around. They also have a very specialized diet. These animals are not for beginners, and you should read thoroughly about this species before acquiring a sugar glider. Be prepared to spend several hours a day caring for the animals. 

Species Overview

COMMON NAME: Sugar Glider

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Petaurus breviceps

ADULT SIZE: 5 to 8 inches long (tail is another 6-8 inches); weighs 2 to 5 ounces

LIFESPAN: 10 to 15 years in captivity.

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