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Gliders are very social animals, and they need lots of play time. Here are some various tips, suggestions, and items that glider owners use.

Exercise wheels are lots of fun for gliders, its also good exercise for them as well. Most people suggest getting a "Wodent Wheel" instead of a regular hamster wheel for safety reasons. Gliders can spend hours running around on the wheel. It can be even more fun when there is more than one glider running on it, they'll play a game of leap frog. Its one of those that you just got to see to believe. A tent is another good thing to have. Its not a toy, but it allows you to play with your glider without having to worry about it running off and getting in trouble. Tents are really good tools to help you bond with your glider because there are no distractions in the tent. Ropes and feathers are fun as well. Gliders like climbing on things, so having a few braided fleece ropes in their cage converts it to a mini jungle gym. Peacock feathers are good for supervised playing as well, they can be found in any craft store.

Stealth Wheels are also highly recommended by the glider community. They are a little more expensive than the Wodent Wheel - but considered a much safer, better quality product. The Stealth Wheel was designed and is manufactured by suggie owners who wanted a better product for their suggie babies. It has been time tested for quality with various suggie owners. You can read about and purchase a Stealth Wheel at [ ]

TOYS As mentioned above, Sugar Gliders love to play and nothing excites them more than to be able to explore a new toy. Here are some examples of toys that are safe and fun for them:

Barrel Full of Monkeys - which can be purchased at stores like Walmart, Target or KMart and can be found in the game section. Just string the monkeys together and hang from the top of the cage. Sugar Gliders will climb them and tear down the chain. You will find monkeys thrown all over the cage and floor! You can also incorporate the monkeys into fleecy braids or plastic chains. Sugar Gliders love to play in the barrels, too. Eggful of Bunnies are available at Walmart & Michaels at Easter time and are basically the same - only bunnies instead of monkeys! And they are cheaper!

Toddler Toys Usually anything safe for a toddler will be ok for a sugar glider to play with. Examples are Fischer Price Noah's Ark, Fischer Price Barns, Fischer Price Tree House, Baby Links, Rattles, etc. Of course, you can purchase these new - but I would suggest going to yard sales, flea markets and thrift stores. They offer a wealth of suggie toys at prices that cant be beat!

No Sew Items There are several patterns for toys (and pouches) that are no sew for those of us who are sewing challenged. The majority of these are made from fleece and are so simple, they can be made in an hour or less. Check these sites for patterns:

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Here are some sites where you can get fleece, plastic chains and other items to make your own toys:

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Suggie Bay is a fantastic place to purchase handmade toys, garage sale toys and branches, etc. (they also have many other suggie related items)

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