What Do Sugar Gliders Eat

Sugar gliders are marsupial mammals in the same family as the, koala kangaroo, and wombat, and they are different from flying squirrels. They are known for the gliding membrane between their front and back legs that helps them to be able to glide from tree to tree. They are usually gray in color and have a stripe down their spine. They also have distinctive black markings on their face, back, and legs. They are natives of Australia, New Guinea and Bismarck Archipelago. They have been recently introduced to the island of Tasmania. If you are planning on owning a sugar glider then before you purchase it, there are a few things that you need to know about the sugar glider’s diet. Sugar gliders are omnivorous so they have a large variety of foods that they are able to eat in the wild as well as in captivity.

The sugar glider’s diet in the wild

A sugar glider is a marsupial mammal (Marsupialia)
A sugar glider is a marsupial mammal (Marsupialia)

Sugar gliders in the wild sometimes don’t get the nutrients that they need. They usually are able to consume 50% protein, 25% fruits, and 25% vegetables. In the wild, they are able to strip bark off of trees and suck the sweet tasting sap out of the bark. Manna is a big part of the sugar glider’s diet but it can’t be found in all places. For protein, the glider may eat bugs like beetles, crickets, birds, bird eggs, mice, and plant nectar. Sugar gliders enjoy fruits like mangoes, berries, bananas, and grapes. They also like vegetables.

Sugar gliders in captivity

while the flying squirrel is a placental mammal (Eutheria).
while the flying squirrel is a placental mammal (Eutheria).

If you are thinking about having a sugar glider as a pet, then you need to make sure that 60{1747bccc90d1a2d1e2199e0001317c300b96f720b9f4f5c4cc0560ba58ebd665} of their diet is protein and the other 40{1747bccc90d1a2d1e2199e0001317c300b96f720b9f4f5c4cc0560ba58ebd665} is fruits and vegetables. They have many proteins that they can consume. Chicken, shrimp, fish, soy, pork, beef, and insects are proteins that will be good for your sugar glider to consume. You can also boil an egg and mix it up with some cornflakes. If you decide to give your sugar glider insects, then you need to make sure that the bugs that you give your sugar gliders are not caught out in the wild. These bugs can possibly have some chemicals on them that can be harmful to your sugar glider.

Fruits for your sugar gliders

Your sugar glider will love fruits like mangoes, berries, bananas, grapes, plums, apples, pears, pitted cherries, watermelon, and figs. You can also give your sugar glider some nonfat fruit-filled yogurt as a treat, once a week. You can occasionally feed them oranges once a week too. Some vegetables that will be good for them is cabbage, lettuces, broccoli, spinach, sweet potatoes, cucumber, and asparagus. It can also be a good idea to give them a slice of bread three times a week.

What foods do you need to avoid?

A sugar glider should never be given anything that contains seeds or onions in it. These things can be harmful to your glider.

Keep them healthy

There are many things that the sugar gliders can eat so that they can maintain a healthy, nutritious diet. You want to make sure that your sugar glider is being fed everything possible for them to live a healthy long life.

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