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ronya Posted - Oct 23 2015 : 11:05:26 PM
Hi. Our glider we believe is pregnant. They were mating not long ago, she's gained weight, increased appetite. Other than the dropping excess tissue of her glider membranes and larger belly, she appears the same and healthy: good coat, bright eyes, symmetrical rounded abdomen, good energy (she still loves her wheel!). She wakes up more frequently. Usually just give her a bite to eat and she goes back to sleep. Assume it's the babies waking her. Her flaps so droopy she steps on them. This just noticed recently. This something to be concerned about or a symptom of increased weight from pregnancy/carrying joeys?

Thank you
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JCrews9 Posted - Mar 01 2022 : 11:35:44 PM
I'm really late to the party here but my little girl just started doing this exact thing day before yesterday. What ended up being the cause and did it ever return to normal? She moves fine, outside of occasionally stepping on her membrane and doesn't show any signs of dragging her leg(s).

Any info is appreciated.
ronya Posted - Feb 04 2016 : 10:11:23 PM
We had a traffic outcome. Other two very healthy. No difference in environment, diet, etc. Unfortunately no insight into what the cause was; just conjecture. Hopefully you have access to an experienced vet. Recommend take your glider there asap rather than wait for answers here. Please post the results of your investigation. Valuable info.
Glidergirl007 Posted - Feb 04 2016 : 09:53:01 PM
Hi, I'm have the very same problem with my female glider. I noticed one side of her "wing" starting to get droopy and start to drag the ground, but the other side is normal. This has never happened before and the Internet doesn't have much on the topic. It doesn't seem to hurt her, but I am not 100% sure. I am EXTREMELY worried for my lil girl, and I'm desperate to know anything about it. Did anybody find out what exactly the drooping membrane means or if it's dangerous to my glider's health? Please respond ASAP. Thanks
GLIDEIT Posted - Oct 24 2015 : 08:21:28 AM
This definitely isn't any symptom of pregnancy/joeys I've ever heard about nor experienced in my glider moms.

I did have a rehome that came to me with one flap droopy and stretched out like this, and it was to a pinch injury that caught the patagium (my vet figured the previous owner must have caught it in the cage door or something as there was bruising but no open wound). Usually gliders can control the flex in these membranes to sort of "suck" them in when they're running; she shouldn't be stepping on them. This is not normal.

Another vote for a vet check. Gliders are pretty good at hiding illness until it's too late, so any changes like this should be evaluated promptly, especially if she has joeys in pouch... Nursing two joeys is taxing on the mom, so if she is injured or sick, it's quite likely she may pull her joeys due to the stress.
ronya Posted - Oct 24 2015 : 12:12:53 AM
Again photo needs to be rotated once to right. Membrane hanging with gravity. Loss of elasticity?
ronya Posted - Oct 24 2015 : 12:10:40 AM

ronya Posted - Oct 23 2015 : 11:53:09 PM
Duly noted. She climbs and runs on her wheel just fine. She waddles a bit but she's done that with the increased size of her bell. But as you can see her membranes hang and get under her feet. There's no impairment of mobility of her hind legs. The membranes will drag if she's walking on a surface like in that picture or they'll hang with gravity.
Candy Posted - Oct 23 2015 : 11:48:12 PM
She should probably be evaluated by a glider experienced vet. It appears to me that she is having trouble moving her back legs if she is stepping on the membrane.

If the gliders are new to you, it is always a good idea to have a well check up with a vet to make sure they are healthy.
ronya Posted - Oct 23 2015 : 11:42:34 PM
That photo needs to be rotated once to the right. She's walking horizontally on this photo dragging her membranes.
ronya Posted - Oct 23 2015 : 11:40:54 PM
Candy Posted - Oct 23 2015 : 11:32:10 PM
Can you post a photo? I can't imagine how she could be tripping over her own gliding membrane.