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Feb 26 2008
10:15:50 AM
When I first got suggies I read that they needed to be in warm weather (or heated house indoors) because their body temperature was lower and exotics should be warm. I remember someone on here pointing out how ridiculous this was, because it certainly gets cold in Australia too. What I'm wondering now is how cold is too cold? We are trying to pull together some energy conservation around the house and have the thermostat at 65 or lower, and read online that you can drop it to 10 at night and not lose too much heat, but not be running the heater constantly. Of course I want to make sure my suggies are warm and their cage is already covered with fleece on 3 sides. I can make a double sided pouch and put blankies in for them. So what do you think, will they be too cold? Do they act a certain way when they are cold
(i.e. not coming out to play) that I can look for? Thanks!
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Feb 26 2008
10:45:29 AM
kyro298 Glider Sprinkles GliderMap Gliderpedia Editor Visit kyro298's Photo Album kyro298's Journal CO, USA 15262 Posts
I think with you having fleece around the cage, that a double sided pouch and little pieces of cut up fleece in the pouch would be just fine. Seems like, if there was a choice between cool and hot, that they should be in cool temps. They can get dehydrated easily when they're too hot. I admit I have no idea what to look for as far as behavior if they are too cold. Hopefully, someone else will reply also.
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Feb 26 2008
10:55:49 AM
hailzangelz Glider GliderMap Visit hailzangelz's Photo Album 84 Posts
i think you should have no worries. your doing just fine ^_^
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Feb 26 2008
01:28:23 PM
Rauha Face Hugger GliderMap Visit Rauha's Photo Album Rauha's Journal Finland 440 Posts
We came to the conclusion with some Aussies and a bunch of other people in chat that temperatures over 50 is just fine indoors. I know our household gets a bit chilly, around 63 or so, now in the winter and we can't even regulate it (thank you, dear landlord ). From what I've seen, it only perks my boys up
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Feb 26 2008
01:34:10 PM
mrsshoe Super Glider GliderMap Visit mrsshoe's Photo Album mrsshoe's Journal UT, USA 353 Posts
my house is at 74 degrees ferinheit. it is that all year rond. is that too warm? well I hope someone out there knows how warm they need to be.. I have been looking all over. If I find something I will come back and let you know.
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Feb 26 2008
01:37:55 PM
mrsshoe Super Glider GliderMap Visit mrsshoe's Photo Album mrsshoe's Journal UT, USA 353 Posts
HEY found it between 64 and 90 are the temps they say on the gliders..
hope that helps
sarah
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Feb 26 2008
04:00:21 PM
Jett Face Hugger GliderMap Gliderpedia Editor Visit Jett's Photo Album Jett's Journal Australia 681 Posts
It's not unusual for temperatues to get down to 37 degrees farenheit here in Australia in winter. Our sugar gliders are outside and wild ones are living in the neighbourhood. There pouch is always nice and warm when you put your hand in it.

In summer it can easily get up to 109 degrees farenheit and again they seem to be able to tolerate this weather. Both ko and I try to do things like hose down the cage and branches and it was suggested to put a small pack of frozen peas in with them and this works fine, again in the wild they wouldn't have someone looking out for them.

Sugar gliders are much more resilient than you would think.

Edited by - Jett on Feb 26 2008 04:01:29 PM
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Feb 26 2008
04:23:14 PM
prdycool Face Hugger GliderMap Visit prdycool's Photo Album prdycool's Journal USA 690 Posts
Thanks for the help! I figured wild gliders were doing just fine without any help, but they also live in bigger groups to keep each other warm (rather than my two and their joey). Eventually when my colony is bigger I won't worry so much about keeping them warm since they'll have each other to snuggle in with. It should be warmer soon anyway, but for now we will save money on heat and I'll make some double layered pouches. :)
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Feb 27 2008
09:01:09 AM
SugarLoafin Fuzzy Wuzzy GliderMap Visit SugarLoafin's Photo Album CO, USA 1755 Posts
Would it make a difference if they are already used to a more constant temperature? Just curious. My guys are in the basement and it stays within 20 degrees I would bet year round. It holds the heat better in the winter and the cool in the summer.

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