Differences for Diet

Difference from revision 12 to the current revision. (Display latest version)
Show differences from: Last major revision | Last minor revision | Previous author |

<Image("http://www.sugarglider.com/images/diet_ani.gif,300,,right,,default")/>
  
  
Diet is a very important factor in the healthy keeping of sugar gliders.  Many
things have been learned about their natural diet and many people have attempted
to devise an acceptable captive diet to emulate and/or improve this.  It is safe
to say that the dietary needs of exotic animals such as sugar gliders are far
too numerous to be met by simple off the shelf solutions.  Therefore catfood,
dog and cat food, ferret food, hamster food, pellets, pellets of any kind,
monkey biscuits and the like are almost always never going to sustain a bad
idea. sugar glider.
  
Wild sugar gliders are indeed "sap suckers" for at least part of the 
year.  They remove the bark of trees with their long teeth and suck the sap for 
nourishment.  They will also eat bugs, small animals such as mice, birds, and 
all sorts of other naturally occurring things in the Australian forests.  See: 
NaturalDiet
  
In captivity, sugar gliders do not need as much energy since they do not spend
half of their day foraging and running and leaping between the trees.  Instead,
they need a lower fat and lower carb diet that will keep them in the correct
nutrients for a healthy life.  There is a lot of ongoing debate and
experimentation to this end and because of that we are going to list links and
summaries to as many of the "diets" that we can so that you can make
your own judgement and do what you think will be right for your sugar glider.
  
On that note, a growing consensus in our community is that variety is the key.
Feeding the same thing all the time every time is a poor practice and does not
allow for the varied nutrition that the animals need.  Also, adding supplements,
especially cheap ones, for the sake of doing it is showing to be a bad practice.
  
Kazko practice and a diet full of natural variety is the correct way to feed.
  
  
== CURRENT or RECOGNIZED ==
The following is a sugar glider born list of various useful nectar replacement
diet plans.
  
  * [[LGRSSuggieSoup]]
  
  * [[HPWOriginal]] - Original High-Protein Wombaroo Diet
  
  * KazkosDiet Plan
  
  * AWD - Australian Wombaroo Brand Diet
  
  * ThePetGliderExoticDiet - Also known as The Priscilla Price Exotic Diet
  
  * PML - Pocket's Modified Leadbeaters
 
== OTHER ==
Other miscellaneous nectar replacement diet plans.
  
  * [[HPWPlus]] - Peggy's commercial powder product with no actual Australian
[WombarooHighProteinSupplement HPW] in 1997 and I believe that KazkosDiet is it.
  
  
  * [[HPWComplete]] Also known as Glider Gravy - Peggy's commercial powder
product with no actual Australian [WombarooHighProteinSupplement HPW] in it.
  
  * RWD - Reep's Wombaroo Diet
  
  * [[VGVDiet]] - Val's Green Variety Diet
  
The following diets are predecessors for the popular captive diet plans.
  
  * NaturalDiet
  
  * [LeadbeatersDiet Leadbeaters Original]
  
  * 
[http://www.sugarglider.com/glidergossip/topic.asp?ARCHIVE=true&TOPIC_ID=18109
Healesville Sanctuary Diet]
  
  * AustralianCaptiveDiet
  
  * Ruth's Original ModifiedLeadbeatersMix
  
  * BML - Bourbon's Modified Leadbeaters
  
  
== SEE ALSO ==
  * 
[http://www.sugarglider.com/glidergossip/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=29199&whichpage=1
Affects of a plan that takes a time tested approach to managing the diet
dilemma.
  
  KazkosDiet
  
  NaturalDiet
  WildDiet
  
  
  BML
  HealesvilleDiet
  
  
Beware bad diet]
  * Beware of supplements using K3 / MENADIONE.
  
    * MealWorm
  * WaxWorm
  * BlapticaDubia
  * [http://files.meetup.com/768852/Ratios.pdf Calcium/phosphorus ratios
explained]
  * [http://www.sugarglider.com/glidergossip/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=26197 A list
of popular diets]
  
  * 
[http://veterinarymedicine.dvm360.com/vetmed/Exotic-animal+medicine/Feeding-behavior-and-nutrition-of-the-sugar-glider/ArticleStandard/Article/detail/628666
Feeding behavior and nutrition of the sugar glider]
  
  * 
[http://www.sugarglider.com/glidergossip/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=24924&whichpage=3#198776
Diet Discussion]
  
  * [http://www.sugarglider.com/glidergossip/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=24413
Discussion about pellet foods ]
  * [[Blending]]
 
<BR>
<Include(NavigationFooter)>



--