Sugar Glider

Scientific Name: 
Petaurus breviceps (peh-TAR-us breh-vih-ceps)
Bat Habitat Range
Northern and eastern Australia, New Guinea, Tasmania, and certain nearby islands.
Forests of all types but show preference for eucalyptus trees, which is a food staple.
Average in the wild: 4-5 years. In captivity they often live 8–10 years, though 15 years is possible.
Sugar gliders are omnivores, favoring sweet sap (especially that of the eucalyptus tree) nectar, small insects and larvae, arachnids, and small vertebrates.
Sugar gliders are Marsupials so gestation usually lasts a mere 16 days. Females give birth to a underdeveloped neonate. At birth the joey weighs 0.19 grams, about as much as an unshelled sunflower seed! Sugar gliders usually have a litter size of 1-2 joeys, The young first leaves the pouch after about 2.5 months, and are completely independent after about 4 months.
Sugar gliders are very social. In the wild they nest in groups of 7-10 related individuals. They are very territorial and will attack outsiders. Males scent mark their territory with one dominant male being responsible for most of the marking.
Sugar gliders communicate through a variety of sounds (from a small squeaky bark, chirp or hissing sound as greeting, to a loud locust-sounding vibration when displeased). Sugar gliders are NOT rodents, but like flying squirrels, sugar gliders have a gliding membrane (patagium). At night, when they are awake, sugar gliders are extremely active animals that can glide up to 45 meters (148 feet or nearly half a football field), and has been observed catching moths in flight.
Conservation Status: 
Common in their range.
At OBC: 
OBC animals came from California where it is illegal to have sugar gliders as pets, so the rescue centers often receive confiscations. One such center asked OBC to provide a home for the gliders under their care. We have Pepper, Acacia, MoMo, Matilda and Rafa.

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