Anybody know anything about sugar gliders?

  1. We have just acquired one, a little rescued fellow, and he bites the living daylights out of me! Normally I can soothe and get along with anything--including rescued field mice, snakes and tarantulas--but this guy is very hard to approach.

    Anyone with sugar glider experience willing to offer suggestions or advice, please do. I've joined all the appropriate yahoo groups and read those posts, emailed a couple of those people, also joined a sugar glider BB that looks a whole lot like this BB!

    He is getting plenty of food, and the right stuff of that. Now has a wheel, sleeping in his bonding pouch. Large (3x3x5) cage in process (should have that done today although getting him transferred will require some creativity on our part).

    Open to suggestions--quick, before I have to change my ID to "open wounds!"

    Thanks,
    Chris
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  3. by   suzanne4
    I have just seen the ones over here that have all been raised by hand.
    They are really cute. Sorry that I can't offer any suggestions to you.
  4. by   FROGGYLEGS
    All I know is that they are adorable Congratulations.
  5. by   nurseygrrl
    I found this on the net...hope it's helpful! They are sure cute...I'd never seen one before I looked this up!

    Taming

    People keep asking about this page, and I haven't had time to make it yet, so in the meantime here's an e-mail on the topic I recently wrote to someone:

    You didn't say how old your glider is, but there are some ages when they're really hard to tame. "Teenage" gliders are the worst, and I guess second worst are adults who have never been tamed.

    Anyway, here's my favorite way; it's easier on both you and the glider. Buy or make a cloth pouch with a drawstring top and a string long enough to go around your neck. Put it in her cage for her to use as a nest. Then during the daytime when she's sleeping, take the bag out with her in it, close the top, and hang her around your neck, preferably inside of your shirt, and just let her sleep there. I call it "subliminal taming" because while she's sleeping she's smelling you and feeling you and hearing you, and when she's awake you won't seem quite as strange and scary because she's been getting used to you without even knowing it. Also, it's a lot less stressful for both of you than chasing her around the cage trying to catch her! As she gets more used to it, you can hold the pouch in your hands, and maybe even eventually just hold her in your hand as she sleeps, without the pouch.

    In the evening when she's awake, don't push too hard or fast. If she's still not comfortable with having you hold her, leave her in the cage at first and let her get used to you being nearby. After a while she will learn that your hands in the cage are what brings her food, and she'll be more comfortable with having you around, especially if you're using the pouch in the daytime. Leave your hands in the cage longer as she gets more comfortable with you, and then start offering her little treats and see if she'll come and take them from your fingers. When she gets brave enough, she'll even come and climb on your hand to get her treat. Then you're ready to try working on having her out of the cage.

    Tha main thing is, just go slow and easy and be very very patient. It will pay off in the end.
  6. by   kids
    OK, what the heck is a Sugar Glider (my Okie husband probably knows but he's not around at the moment).
  7. by   kids
    Mmm'K...the husbands 2 word response was "tree rat".

    So I did a search & found this (link below). It won't help with your unruly little guy, Chris...but now the rest of us will know what they are. The sure are cute.

    http://www.animalnetwork.com/critter...s/sugarglider/
    Last edit by kids on Jun 2, '04
  8. by   karenG
    Quote from kids-r-fun
    OK, what the heck is a Sugar Glider (my Okie husband probably knows but he's not around at the moment).
    you beat me to it this time!! I'd never heard of a sugar glider before either.

    Karen
  9. by   gwenith
    It probably isn't surprising that I have heard of them since they are an Aussie animal but we don't keep them as pets. They are possum though and having been bitten by an ungrateful possum I can sympatise - they have very very sharp little teeth!!!

    For the curious this first link has an audio recording of the sound that they make

    http://www.delm.tas.gov.au/inter.nsf...AN-53J8XS?open

    http://www.tvwc.org/HTML/a%20sugar%2...rs%20story.htm

    http://www.wildlifemountain.com/sugarglider.htm
    (I was just on holiday near the above site and it really looks like the photos!!!)

    http://www.gould.edu.au/downloads/wi...ugarGlider.pdf

    Loads more links so if you need more let me know and I will see if I can track down one from one of our museums or wildlife care groups.
  10. by   chris_at_lucas_RN
    This is wonderful--I hope it keeps coming.

    I should clarify that I normally only support keeping wild animals if they are in need of rehab, or if they would surely die if returned to their natural habitat.

    This guy was probably bred here, but he (and we are now back to thinking he's a he) is still a very wild animal.

    We have a pouch, but I haven't used it quite that much. I'll be sewing at least one more--I got a suggestion to wear a freshly washed one so my scent is on it, then trade them out when it is time to wash the other one.

    More later..... Thanks!
  11. by   txspadequeenRN
    I have a friend who raises them and she has to keep her's on her most of the time,they require alot of attention. She feeds it all kinds of stuff and lets it drink out of a water bottle. I dont know alot about these babies but she told me that her's where wild when she got them and it took a while to tame them down. Good luck



    Quote from chris_at_lucas
    We have just acquired one, a little rescued fellow, and he bites the living daylights out of me! Normally I can soothe and get along with anything--including rescued field mice, snakes and tarantulas--but this guy is very hard to approach.

    Anyone with sugar glider experience willing to offer suggestions or advice, please do. I've joined all the appropriate yahoo groups and read those posts, emailed a couple of those people, also joined a sugar glider BB that looks a whole lot like this BB!

    He is getting plenty of food, and the right stuff of that. Now has a wheel, sleeping in his bonding pouch. Large (3x3x5) cage in process (should have that done today although getting him transferred will require some creativity on our part).

    Open to suggestions--quick, before I have to change my ID to "open wounds!"

    Thanks,
    Chris
  12. by   Rustyhammer
    Quote from kids-r-fun
    Mmm'K...the husbands 2 word response was "tree rat".

    So I did a search & found this (link below). It won't help with your unruly little guy, Chris...but now the rest of us will know what they are. The sure are cute.

    http://www.animalnetwork.com/critter...s/sugarglider/
    Kind of looks like a c hipmonk.
    -R
  13. by   chris_at_lucas_RN
    He rather does, doesn't he?

    Believe it or not, we are still working on his cage. The DH's engineering components got involved and my idea for building a cage "anyone can build" went down the tubes with the announcement that the door and door frame would have to be welded because DH didn't want Rocky running loose around the house.....

    And I learned that even five minutes after a weld, you can still get a full thickness burn on your knuckle. (How do we spell "impaired skin integrity" and "risk for infection??")

    Thank you everybody for all your support. So far so good. (Translation: he's still alive and well, and he hasn't bitten me since I figured out how to keep his little mouth with those beeeeeg teeth out of range.)
  14. by   gwenith
    Ironically we are not allowed to keep native wildlife as pets. The only work that is done in this area is by the RSPCA and various other "rescue" organisations!!

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