Owners Outside of North America


Squirrel Glider at Healesville Sanctuary 12th August 2007
Copyright by: Ko, 2007

Most of the information on Glider Gossip is from North America. While providing a healthy and enriching quality of life for pet sugar gliders is for the most part agreed upon, there are exceptions and limitations in other areas of the world.

Europe

In the United Kingdom sugar glider diets are much different from the standard honey nectar replacement mixtures. Honey is not feed in the UK if at all. It is generally accepted to feed each glider nightly the following approximates:
  • 2 Tablespoons of vegetables/fruits
  • Gliderbooster
  • Alternating proteins such as: eggs, meats, and 4 high quality cat kibbles
  • Yogurt twice a week
  • 1 Tablespoon of Nectar Mix weekly
  • and supplements alternating between Acacia Gum, Bee Pollen, Glidercal, and Live insects.

Housing is slightly different but still nice and large for those gliding membranes. At minimum a the cage should be no smaller than 48"x24"x24" or 4ftx2ftx2ft and is most likely to be a vivarium. 1
Vending for Europe:
  • sugarglidershop.co.uk
  • exoticnutrition.com

Africa

Asia

Sugar gliders are definitely popular pets in parts of Asia and many wild sugar gliders are being caught and sold for the Exotic pet trade. Do your research on the breeder you purchase from because wild sugar gliders are just that, wild. They will not be domesticated, removing them from the ecosystem will destroy it, and they are kept in deplorable conditions. Only the buyer can stop the demand and end this cycle. It can be hard finding sugar gliders not from flea markets or other large breeders but in the end buying from small hobbyist breeders can be the solution to ending these problems.

There seems to be more sugar glider diet products available in Asia than in North America. Such as Chubbypetgarden HPW complete, Bugsy HPW complete, and GliderSLURP! 2 3are offered. Original HPW is also easy to make and popular in these areas. No matter what diet you choice gliders require approximately 50% vegetables / fruits, 50% protein nectar replacement, and sparing amounts of treats. Pellets or kibbles should only be offered as treats and not as a source of protein. Insects, eggs, and meat can also be fed every so often.

Often times sugar gliders are sold in this region with complimentary cages meant for hamsters or other small rodents. This is not adequate, cages should be approximately 28"x21"x51" for 2-4 gliders.

Some popular vendors for Asia:
  • Pet Shack
  • Pet Epicure
  • suggiesathome.com
  • petplaygroundonline.com
  • www.exoticpetsink.com.my
  • www.chubbypetsgarden.com
  • Fluff Pet Store in Malaysia
  • www.exoticnutrition.com

Oceania

It is illegal in Australia to keep sugar gliders without special wild life permits and even then they must be kept in strict housing requirements.

Notes

1^http://www.sugar-glider.co.uk/smf/
2^http://mylovelysuggie.blogspot.com/2012/04/high-protein-wombaroo-diet-hpw.html
3^http://suggiesathome.com/glideryummies/


Last Edited November 20, 2012



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