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Sugar Gliders—Pocket-size Pets

If you are planning on purchasing a small pet for your kids or family, and are looking for a pet that is cute, friendly and fun, then you should consider a Sugar Glider.

What Are Sugar Gliders?

The scientific name for Sugar Gliders is Petaurus Breviceps, which is a species of small and tree dwelling marsupial. They are mainly native to countries, including Australia, Indonesia, New Guinea, and Tasmania. Sugar Gliders are known by this name because they are fond of sweet food and, also, they love to glide even from a height. These Sugar Gliders are also known as 'pocket pets,' because of the following two reasons. Firstly, they are small in size and, secondly, they like being carried in pockets or pouches. That is why many Sugar Glider owners keep these charming animals in their pockets to carry them wherever they go. These cute little critters are marsupials, which are young ones that are born immature. These immature babies develop in a mother's pouch until they become capable of surviving even without their mother's body. These pocket pets are approximately 5-6 inches long and weigh around 4-6 ounces.

What Makes Sugar Gliders Special?

The Sugar Gliders are covered with a fur or membrane between their wrist and ankle, which is known as a Patagium. When they spread out their hands and feet, the patagium looks like a parachute which enables them to float in the air. Another attractive feature in Sugar Gliders is that they have big toes on their hind feet, which help them in making a stronger grip on tree branches. This also helps them in gliding and climbing. It has been observed that Sugar Gliders are extremely lovable, social and that they love people around. This is the reason these pets get along well with their owners and their families. If you are single or do not spend much time at home, the best idea is to keep another Sugar Glider pet so that both the pets can provide each other with good company. Sugar Gliders are not like other pets that can get adjusted anywhere in the house. They need special and spacious area to live. So, if you are planning a cage for one, get a comfortable and spacious cage for your special pet.

Tips Before Purchasing a Sugar Glider

Before making a purchase of a Sugar Glider, always perform research on its nutritional requirements. For instance, there are some Sugar Gliders that require extra dietary calcium to maintain optimum health. Also, keep in mind that Sugar Gliders are nocturnal animals, which means they remain active mostly at night. While Sugar Gliders themselves do not make an inordinate level of noise when compared to other traditional household pets, they are capable of making several sounds, including a barking sound (similar to a Chihuahua), and a chattering sound (called crabbing) that is similar to a locust. However, in most cases the only times a Glider will make these noises for any sustained period of time are when they are either sick, mistreated, or distressed.

Behavior Traits of Sugar Gliders

The average life span of a Sugar Glider is around 12 to 15 years. They are known for their sociable behavior. They are active pets that love to jump, hover around and glide. Sugar Gliders need special care and attention. They can't be left unattended, and the owner has to give enough care and constant love and attention to this pet in order to keep it healthy and hearty. Last but not the least, Sugar Gliders are wonderful pets to keep and care for. They make good companions and tend to bond to their owner in a short span of time. One can say that they are true fun to watch and play with.