Pet Profile: Sugar Gliders

Sugar gliders can make great pets for the right people!  They are the ultimate “pocket pet”, loving nothing better than snuggling up in their favorite persons pocket.

But what does it take to own a sugar glider?


A wire cage no smaller than 20″ x 20″ x 30″. Sugar gliders prefer tall cages and always get the biggest cage possible. Bird cages make great glider homes.

A nesting box for sleeping. A cloth pouch, birdhouse or hamster house work well.  Gliders love hanging pouches!

Bedding made of shredded plain paper, recycled paper bedding, or aspen wood shavings. Primarily to collect waste at the bottom of the cage.

Heavy flat bottom dishes or bowls that attach to the side of the cage for food.

Heavy flat bottom dish or stoppered drinking bottle for water.

Climbing branches. Sugar gliders love to climb.

Bird toys, perches, ladders, a hard bone for chewing, tubing for hiding or exploring. It’s always good to have items that keep your pet entertained.


Food & Supplements
Fresh fruits and vegetables.

A source of protein like cooked meat cut into small pieces, tofu, cottage cheese, or yogurt.

Live insects like mealworms and crickets as well as raw unsalted nuts that can be given as treats.

They can be offered a commercial sugar glider diet in addition to fresh foods.

A multivitamin and calcium with d3 supplement. There are reptile supplements that work well for sugar gliders.


Health considerations

Common conditions of pet sugar gliders include obesity, nutritional osteodystrophy, nutrititonal eye

disorders, traumatic injuries, dental disease and stress-related disorders such as self mutilation. Sugar

gliders can also be afflicted withvarious respiratory problems, neurologic disease, and with bacterial,

parasitic, or cancerous diseases.