Sugar glider

Sugar gliderThe Sugar Glider (Petaurus breviceps) is a gliding possum and has about the size of a squirrel, living in Australia, New Guinea and Tasmania. They can glide up to 45 meters and they can bark as a squirrel also do. Sugar gliders are omnivorous and they are very fond of eucalyptus tree sap. They can fall into hybernation for a short period of time, when the weather in a particular area becomes too cold or there are long periods of food scarcity. Sugar gliders make excellent pets and there has been a recent boom in the American pet population of sugar gliders. Currently, the USDA's guidelines for owning and breeding sugar gliders in the United States varies from state to state. In captivity, sugar gliders can become 14 years of age.

Links

International sugar glider association

Image

Photograph by User:Dawson, licensed under Attribution ShareAlike License v. 2.5

Which zoos have them?
Saint Louis Zoological Park (United States)

The Sugar glider is listed as Least Concern (LR/lc), lowest risk. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Some facts about the
Sugar glider

Adult weight : 0.11 kg (0.242 lbs)

Maximum longevity : 18 years

Female maturity :236 days

Male maturity : 456 days

Gestation : 16 days

Weaning : 122 days

Litter size : 2

Interval between litters : 311 days

Weight at weaning : 0.025 kg (0.055 lbs)

Basal metabolic rate : 1 W

Body mass : 0.129 kg (0.2838 lbs)

Temperature : 35.85 °C (96.53 °F)

Source: AnAge, licensed under CC

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