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Help!! My younger sugar glider is aggressive and I don't know what to do!!

Sep 29, 2019

 Help!! My younger sugar glider is aggressive and I don't know what to do!!

Hey, I'm brand new to this site and I REALLY need advice! I'm 14 and new to owning sugar gliders (I have two) and I'm sure I'm doing most things right, except that I can't figure out why my youngest sugar glider, Skittles, is so mean! Whenever I feed my sugar gliders, Skittles starts crabbing and biting my other sugar glider if she gets close to her. I've only ever seen her act like that about food. They still sleep soundly together in their pouch, so I don't know what's going on and I'm really panicking! My parents told me that giving up one and getting another is not an option, and that if I give up one, I give up both. They also told me that since the sugar gliders were expensive to get, if I have to give them up, they'll also give up all of the other pets that we have! (a dog and two cats) I really don't want to lose any of them, so advice is HIGHLY appreciated!!

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Nov 18 2019 : 10:25:25 AM
ambermay24
Hi, I got my first two at 14 as well. I have had the same issue with both of my colonies. It was over one diet they made them increasingly food aggressive. I have switched to BML and they love it. Havent had any fighting issues other than my trio from time to time. Try two separate bowls that works for my trio when they are being moody lol.

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Nov 05 2019 : 10:29:20 PM
mimithatboi
Sugar gliders are omnivorous (meaning they need vegi fruit AND meat), please look more into their dietary needs and the dangers of not fulfilling those needs. This will likely help your little lady feel fuller therefor less likely to steal from others. I personally like TPG diet but there lots of good ones to choose from. Heres a helpful link to their dietary needs and a few different staple diet recipes. (still look for yourself at other sources as well please) https://www.monpetitsugarlove.com/nutrition.html Also, do you know if they were recently introduced and properly introduced? This could also be a part of whys shes not to friendly. What i stated before still strongly applies no matter what.

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Oct 15 2019 : 07:26:29 PM
Aris Newbie
I'm so sorry it took this long to get back to you guys!! My computer doesn't give me notifications for this site... Yes, I do separate them at feeding time, yet Skittles sometimes tries to snatch Starburst's food once she sees that she has some, even if Skittles already has food of her own. When this happens I have to monitor them for a bit to make sure Skittles isn't trying to steal food. Their current diet is fruit and veggies.

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Oct 02 2019 : 04:00:04 PM
sjusovare
It sounds like food agression, and it basically occures when a glider is afraid to not have enough food (common among gliders who have been raised in large groups or underfed). You can try offering more feeding stations and increasing a little the quantity of food offered. What is their current diet?

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Oct 01 2019 : 08:50:06 PM
Sweef
Hi Aris, have you tried adding more feeding stations? Maybe add one higher in the cage and one lower? Try seperating the 2 at feeding time?

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