Life span 10 to 15 years
Size 5 to 6 inches plus 6 inch tail 4 to 5 oz
sugar gliders are native to Australia new guinea and some Indonesia
Sugar gliders are marsupials the young are born very immature and grow in a pouch on the mother's abdomen. Sugar gliders have furry membranes that extend from their wrists to their ankles (the membrane is called a patagium) that allows them to glide through the air. In the wild they move from tree to tree by gliding. Their hind feet have a large, opposable big toe that helps them grip branches, and the second and third toe forms a grooming comb.
Temperament: Sugar gliders are very social and need and crave lots of companionship. This makes them bond well to their owners, and if you can provide a lot of attention and spend the necessary time with your glider, keeping a single glider can work but i recommend two. Otherwise, consider keeping more than one glider, ideally a same sex pair (or a female and neutered male) to prevent repeated breeding. Introducing adults is difficult though so it is best to raise them together from a young age.
Habits: Sugar gliders are nocturnal so they will be most active during the night. They will usually be happy to spend time with their owners during the day though - sleeping in a pocket or bonding pouch.
Diet: In the wild sugar gliders eat a variety of plants and insects. During the summer when insects are abundant, insects make up the majority of diets. In the winter when insects are less abundant they rely more on plants such as acacia gum, eucalyptus sap and various nectar's. Sugar gliders will also eat manna, a sugar left behind from sap flow, and honeydew, a sugar left behind by insects. When kept as pets sugar gliders are commonly fed fruits and vegetables, pellets, vitamins, calcium supplements, meal worm's and crickets by their owners. Diet is one of the biggest challenges to a sugar glider owner as it is hard to simulate the exact diet that sugar gliders get in the wild. It is one of the reasons that sugar gliders are somewhat rare as pets is many people would rather not store live meal worm's and other insects in their homes.