SUGAR GLIDER FACTS
The Sugar Glider is a small possum. It has a membrane from its fifth finger to the back ankle. Using the membrane it can glide about 50 m between trees. In flight, it uses its long bushy tail for balance and steering. It is most active at night, sleeping by day in nests made of leaves in tree hollows. Groups of adults and their young may share a nest. They are social but will defend their territory if threatened by rivals or other animals. Sugar Gliders have two different calls - a scraping/screeching call and a "yip" "yip" call like a small dog. You can hear both calls on the audio clip.
Sugar squirrel, lesser flying squirrel, lesser flying phalanger, lesser glider.
15-20cm excluding tail. The tail is another 15-20cm. It weighs100-160g
Forests and woodlands.
Eats insects and the sap from eucalypts and some wattles.
For those of who live in countries where keeping these animals as pets is legal, there are a range of foods you can use in the Sugar Glider diet. They need a varied diet including protein foods such as mealworms and crickets; fruit and vegetables (for example pieces of Apple, Pear, Sweet Potatoes, Melon, Carrot, Mango); also commercial Sugar Glider foods are available.
The Sugar Glider commonly gives birth to twins, which remain in the pouch for just over two months. They then leave the nest to forage for food, usually with their mother. The young Sugar Glider is called a joey.
Northern and eastern Australia, in northern Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and south-eastern South Australia.
Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License
In Australia, you must have an appropriate licence to keep native wildlife such as sugar gliders. Licence laws vary from state to state and in some states it is illegal to keep any protected species. Sugar gliders are popular exotic pets in some American states. In America, there are more sugar gliders kept as pets than are in the wild in Australia.
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Relatives in same Genus
Yellow-bellied Glider (P. australis)
Squirrel Glider (P. norfolcensis)