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Aug 23, 2017

 Sugar Glider Biting Hard - see bold print

Recently I adopted a female sugar glider, about 1yr of age. It was openly disclosed to me, I am the 3rd owner and she was not handled often. Like ferrets, they are often neglected, which is exactly why I decided to adopt and put in the hard work to bond. Im a first time gilder owner and owner of 3 ferrets.

Day 1 went extremely well. Day 2 She bit the hell out of me drawing blood in multiple spots. After tons of research and reading through heaping piles of posts from long term owners about incorrect handling or bonding techniques.... I heavily weighed that as an option, but decided it wasn't the case and further assessed

I had hand fed her a meal worm after digging around in the container to pick one up. Her level of excitement and chatter was through the roof. It was adorable, until...her snack was finished of course. I was bitten 5-8 times... 3 of which drew blood... the last bite landing on my pinky where the nail and skin meet (extremely painful).

so I looked at this situationally, and really assessed and researched what had happened. The recurring theme seemed to be mealworms, and adopted, or new gliders. Scientifically speaking, these marsupials are rely heavily on scent to identify. Being a new owner, and her not knowing my scent... and having her favorite snacks scent on my fingers... I think confusion/excitement is all it was. she was nippy for most of the night, but it seemed to be mostly territorial, and the light bites seemed to be out of nervousness and lack of handling from previous owners. Again later that night I fed her mealworms and she kept ferociously trying to bite.



Solution: I only feed her meal worms while she is in her cage. I wash my hands and wait a couple of minutes before handling her. Perhaps in time she will learn not to bite me once we are bonded and all the unfamiliar scents aren't confusing / overwhelming.



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Aug 26 2017 : 07:09:45 PM
BYK_Chainsaw
When feeding bonded gliders mealworms they get very excited and lunge at the mealie. But they almost never bite getting the mealworm or other treats. NOW unbonded gliders will lunge at ALL treats, take it and run, this unbonded glider lunging also means they are taking quick wild bites and often get the finger. as they learn they take NON-mealie treats slow and easy, but seem to always take mealies fast and furious.

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Aug 26 2017 : 06:47:47 PM
BYK_Chainsaw
We have had 16 gliders so far, one passed and 3 given to great homes. so we are at 12 right now, with one more to give away in time. I rarely get bit, mostly its during nail cutting time with unbonded gliders. I see no purpose in letting a glider bite me. I feel your number one problem is TIME. it takes a LONG time for some gliders to accept human bonding, older not bonded gliders seem to be slower also to bond. but I feel your looking at MONTHS not days or weeks. We have gotten a few bonded gliders from others, they seemed to accept us as friends almost immediately, so a different scent didn't see to bother them, they are right on us jumping around and NO biting from day one. other not bonded gliders are far different and far slower to bond. Take your time, do the bonding tricks and give it LOTS of weeks.

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