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Why do sugar gliders bark
Why do sugar gliders bark
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Oct 09 2009
09:29:16 PM
I am wondering why do sugar gliders bark? Do they do it every night? What do you do when they bark?

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Oct 09 2009
10:30:18 PM
prdycool Face Hugger GliderMap Visit prdycool's Photo Album prdycool's Journal USA 690 Posts
I think they can bark for different reasons. The main one that I know of is a warning call to the rest of the colony. Sometimes when something moves across the room they will tell the others "don't move! danger!" I'm not sure how many you have, but if you watch closely, usually when one starts barking, it and all the gliders around it will freeze in place. Then if you move towards them, some might scurry quickly back to their pouch to hide. In the wild, I imagine if one saw a big shadow moving by (could be a hawk!) they would bark and the rest would freeze to not attract the predators attention. Then if something did actually move towards them, they'd hightail it back to their nest ASAP!

I've also heard that they may bark to seek out other gliders or get their human's attention because they are bored or lonely. I'd had one that was barking all night and I went in to check multiple times and tell her to shush, pet her, give her a treat, etc. Every time I went in she would stop but as soon as I left she'd start up again! Her barking was stressing the others, so they all went back to the pouch and stayed there, not a good strategy if you are lonely. I finally took her out and let her run around my room (an unfamiliar place) and that kept her entertained and quiet. It was her way of telling me she was bored and wanted out of the cage.

It's a common thing for them to do, but they don't necessarily do it every night. It is much less common if they have a buddy I think. As for what to do, I think it is generally better to ignore them as rushing in to them every time or giving them a treat every time reinforces the behavior (when I bark, mommy comes!) If it is a lone glider or barking for an excessive length of time I would take it out to play. If it seems very loud and frequent, I would definitely check to make sure they are all ok!
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Oct 09 2009
10:39:23 PM
skittlesandpeanut Super Glider GliderMap skittlesandpeanut's Journal USA 227 Posts
i agree...do not give them a treat when they bark..otherwise you wind up being woken up everynite, all nite. When normally it is something that will probally not happen often. Another tip is when a glider is barking try turning on a small nite light near the cage..dont ask me why it helps, but it really seems to help out. My boys dont bark much, sometimes they will bark like 2 times throughout the nite about once everyother week, or once a week. I've heard horror stories about gliders barking all nite long, but never has met anyone who actually experienced it....
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Oct 09 2009
10:43:15 PM
our2girlz Goofy Gorillatoes GliderMap Gliderpedia Editor Visit our2girlz's Photo Album United States 2362 Posts

Mine only seem to do it about once a week on average.
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Oct 09 2009
11:28:14 PM
sugar-mommy2 Super Glider Visit sugar-mommy2's Photo Album IN, USA 279 Posts
My girls do not bark very often so when they do I will always go and check on them. Tonight they got up earlier than usual and I was watching a movie and did not have their food in the cage waiting for them, I heard them barking to let me know that they were awake and HUNGRY. I thought that was so adorable.
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Oct 10 2009
06:45:50 AM
P-Nut Glider Visit P-Nut's Photo Album P-Nut's Journal 87 Posts
mine dont bark very often but.. this morning i got up to use the restroom an when they saw me one started barking lol. thought it was cute. so im assuming it was to alert the other ones that i was there. but they only barked after i shut the bathroom door lol.
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