Sugar Gliders get their name from their "sweet tooth" and because they have a fold of furred skin stretching from their forefeet to their hind feet which they spread out like a kite to help them glide through the trees searching for insects and nectar!
Sugar gliders are also from Indonesia. Gliders are typically nocturnal creatures. They live in groups of about 20 to 40. They usually have gray fur, with a white belly, and a black stripe running down their bodies. They also have very long tails. The adults are about 11 inches long. They usually live about 15 years.
Gliders have four fingers and an opposable thumb. They also have very sharp claws. Gliders have webbing between their arms and legs and this is what makes their gliding possible. If you are thinking about getting gliders it is probably a good idea not to turn on any ceiling fans when you are handling them!!
The cage for the gliders should be big. They love to run, jump, and yes even glide from place to place. The taller the cage is the better, because then you can put branches and sleeping quarters all up and down the cage. You should be very picky about the kind of plants you put in the cage because some of them may be toxic to gliders.
Gliders are very social creatures. They need constant attention from you. You need to spend at least a couple hours with them. And, it is even better if you get a couple of them so that they may keep each other company :)
You should not give your sugar gliders nuts because although they are high in protein, they are also very high in fat. This could lead to obesity in the gliders. Gliders get protein from the yogurt, you can also give them eggs. They have a tremendous sweet tooth, which is where they get the "sugar" part of their name from. Gliders also eat live insects such as meal worms, crickets, and grasshoppers. Gliders also like vegetables. They love corn, squash, and any kind of vegetable that is sweet. Gliders are just like any other kind of pet, or child for that matter, they are picky about what kind of food they will eat so you just have try all kinds of stuff until you find the right combinations. Oranges (peeled), peas, grapes, bananas and yogurt mixed together is good.