Before you start looking for a sugarglider for sale, you may have some questions.

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Where do pet sugargliders come from?

  Well, when a mommy sugarglider and a daddy sugarglider are kept warm and safe and given a good diet with lots of protein, things just happen naturally. Mommy sugarglider is only pregnant for about 2 weeks. When the babies are born, they are very small and weak so they move to a pouch on the mother's tummy. Sugargliders are marsupials sort of like kangaroos... in fact, baby sugar gliders are  called 'joeys' just like baby kangaroos are.The sugarglider joeys live in their mother's pouch for 3 to 4 months. The first 2 months they almost never come out at all (nor should they). During the last 2 months they spend more and more time out of the pouch learning to eat, drink, climb and do other glider things. At the end of that time they are ready to live away from their parents and move in with you.

I meant, what part of the world are sugargliders native to?

  Oh, I know... but I was trying to make a point. sugargliders have been in captive breeding programs for many many generations now and can hardly be considered 'wild' any more. It is probably fair to consider a modern pet sugarglider to be as domesticated as a pet ferret or a pet chinchilla. They have been bred to have a full range of coat colors and a more outgoing personality than their wild cousins. Asking where a sugarglider comes from makes about as much sense as asking where a dog comes from.

Ok, so where did sugargliders come from originlly?

  Sugargliders come from 'Down Under'; Northern Australia, New Guinea, and Indonesia. Their original habitat is real jungle and their ability to glide really helps them move from tree to tree finding food and escaping danger.

So, they make good pets?

  Sugargliders make at least as fine of a pet as does a gerbil or hamster or guinea pig. Being bitten by a sugarglider is about like being bitten by your average hamster, and just about as likely under the same circumstances... that is to say, if you ignore them for days at a time and then go poking your hand into their personal space, don't be surprised if they are less than happy about it. They are very easy to keep tamed tho, just let them ride around on your shoulder or in your pocket for a couple of hours several times a week and they will behave.

Are they legal to keep?

  That depends upon where you live. In some states you need a permit (Maine, Massachusetts and New Mexico). In other states (Alaska, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and California) they are completely illegal. Still, by and large, they are widely allowed... you just need to check with your local animal control officer to make sure when you find a sugarglider for sale.

What do they eat?

  Anything slower than they are. In the wild, they mostly eat bugs and fruit. Just because they are called 'sugargliders' don't think that sweet things are good for them; protein is the gold standard and sugars are trash. As a pet, prime prey includes high-protein dry cat food or ferret food (+30% protein), fresh fruits and berries, wet cat food as a treat, super worms, meal worms, clean crickets from the pet store, peanut butter, and yogurt. Other meats and fruits could be tried, you never know what might be liked on any given day. But watch their weight, they have a tendency to pack on weight as a survival strategy.

Do they have health problems?

  No more than you do really. Maybe fewer... Here are some common issues:

Are they OK around kids?

  That depends on the kids doesn't it. Children, and I mean those under 5, have notoriously poor impulse control and tend to generate a lot of random movements and loud noises. Sugargliders have been at the wrong end of the food chain for way too many years to not react in a less-than-positive way to such stimulation. I am thinking that may not be the best idea. Older children, those that have learned a bit of self control, will be just fine.

Are they OK around other pets?

 See the the section on kids and judge your other pets against a 5 year old.

What do I house a sugarglider in?

  A bird cage with a snuggie sack hanging from the top or side is just perfect. Bird cages tend to be roomy and the sugar glider is going to want to bounce around. Just keep the habitat clean. Sugargliders are sort of like birds or any other tree dwelling animal. They tend to just let the poop fall where it may and let those creatures who live closer to the ground 'deal with it'. The ancestors of today's Sugargliders were from warm climates so try to keep the room temperature between 75F and 85F (25C - 30C).

How long do they live?

  With proper care? 8 to 10 years.

Where can I buy a sugarglider?

  The two best answers are USDA inspected pet shops and breeders. Many pet shops and breeders do not ship, however, here are two that do:

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