Subject: Re: New to SugarGliders
Posted by Lea on September 23, 1999 at 21:05:11 from

In Reply to: New to SugarGliders posted by Dara on September 23, 1999 at 17:38:26:

Hi Dara,

You have a good advantage over some folks who are new to gliders, even if you don't know it. A gliders diet and a omnivorous reptiles diet are fairly simular. Especially when it comes to the calcium to phosphorus ratios (2 to 1). As Bourbon has said, just read up on everything you can find. As for the tips, most glider owners prefer a cage made out of the 1/2" x 1" welded wire, the coated variety if possible. It is much easier for a glider to hold the bars on the wire cages as opposed to the wires on bird cages. Ask the breeder if the glider(s) are accustomed to drinking from a water bottle, if so you may want to buy one of those as well. I have found that old hard plastic baby toys make the best glider toys. I pick them up at yard sales and thrift stores. You will want to make sure that you have plenty of fresh food on hand when you bring your glider home. Ask the breeder about the diet that the glider is currently on, and make sure you provide those foods, as well as introducing some new ones. I suggest making up a batch of Bourbon's leadbeaters recipe. You can find it in several places, but if you follow the link on the Sugar Glider Info main page for Lea's Recipe Exchange, you will find the leadbeaters along with several recipes for treats. Congrat's on your new gliders!

Happy Glider Chatter!!!
: Hello, I'm going to be purchasing a baby SugarGlider from a new by breeder, and I was wondering if you could give me some tips on what stuff to buy (cages, toys, food, treats, etc.) and what stuff not to buy for a growing and adult sugar glider. I have plenty of handling in exotic animals (mostly reptiles) and i've always wanted a Sugar Glider but could never find one in my area. If you all could please email me some tips i would greatly appreciate it! Thanks!

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