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Dec 20, 2017

 Entry Four

Desmond is finally bonded to us! He still crabs when I touch him on the outside while he's in the pouch, otherwise, when he's with the girls, he lets me pet him, he climbs on me, he runs to me, he loves sitting on my shoulders, man. I like to think the girls had a big part in it, seeing them climb and jump to me maybe influenced him that I wasn't such a bad guy. He's still a bit skeptical about my fingers and gave me a few nips when I let them go in the playroom, but otherwise he's doing just fine. In fact, I think he was scared to run around in the playroom because he stuck by my side the entire time. Until he got the courage to run and got in the closet and I had to catch him. He still doesn't like being chased, but he doesn't crab when I pick him up, he just panics and squirms to get out of my hands. He doesn't seem to flinch as much anymore when my hand comes towards him for a pet though, which is really nice. He's still really jumpy and fast, but he's about a month younger than my girls (5 months) and they're just growing like weeds now. I'm sure the girls were jumpy when they were that old. Or Eleanor was, at least. Also, I'm 99% positive that Desmond's reached full maturity. I thought it took from 7 months to a year, but it turns out that's only average time for females, it can take males from 3 months to a year to mature. He started getting pretty smelly, and the spot on his head is super greasy, and one day it was basically bald. His pom is hanging out now too, I noticed this all in a change of the night. On December 17th to be exact. :) I think that's why I heard Pepper talking to him, because she's our oldest, at 6 months. She might've matured early too. But that's too bad for them, because I'll pair them together as a mating couple, but not for another 6-9 months. I'm not ready, they're not ready, we need more space, and in the summer, my mom's boyfriend is moving up from Texas, and hes retired so he has a lot of time on his hands. He says he's done lots of research on sugar gliders and would be glad to have a colony with us. That makes me feel more secure, knowing that someone can take care of my babes when I can't, and someone can help me raise the young Joey's and have a nice home for them.

Dec 17, 2017

 Entry Three

Desmond is matured. He was OOP July 23rd, we got him October 18th and as of today, we can tell he is 100% matured. His head has been a little greasy the past few days, and now it's almost completely bald, and his pom is completely visible. Yesterday, he was really smelly, but we thought it was because he isn't bonded to us yet and he's just scared, and they seem to have a bad odor when they're scared. Maybe Pepper knew he was matured last night when she was calling to him. Hopefully she isn't matured yet, because we don't need babies. I think it's time to keep them in their separate cages from now on, no more sleepovers.
Dec 15, 2017

 Second Journal

I've been listening to my girls recently, and I've been hearing a lot of hissing. The first time we heard Pepper hiss, it was a UTI and we got it fixed right away. This time, I thought it was Eleanor, but tonight we witnessed Pepper hissing. Right when we put her back in her cage, she came out of her pouch and ran around, and then went up to Desmond's cage (they're next to each other) and starting a hissing-bark, hissing-bark type sound. She wasn't urinating, so we took that out of the equation, and we decided to put her in Desmond's cage. She immediately climbed into his "upstairs" pouch and kept hissing, and he came out of his "downstairs" pouch and joined her in the other one. She stopped hissing, and now they're snuggling and chirping. I'm not sure what this meant - some people say it's a mating call, but I don't think they're ready because Desmond isn't even five months old yet, and his hair isn't missing from his head/chest/genital areas, plus he just seems too small. She could possibly be mature, she's a month and a half older than him so there is the possibility of an earlier maturity. So maybe she is wanting to mate? Otherwise, what I've also read is that it's just a simple call to a friend, though she does live with Eleanor so I'm not sure on why she would want more attention from him. I hope he's not gonna break the girls bond :(
Dec 15, 2017

 Second Journal

I've been listening to my girls recently, and I've been hearing a lot of hissing. The first time we heard Pepper hiss, it was a UTI and we got it fixed right away. This time, I thought it was Eleanor, but tonight we witnessed Pepper hissing. Right when we put her back in her cage, she came out of her pouch and ran around, and then went up to Desmond's cage (they're next to each other) and starting a hissing-bark, hissing-bark type sound. She wasn't urinating, so we took that out of the equation, and we decided to put her in Desmond's cage. She immediately climbed into his "upstairs" pouch and kept hissing, and he came out of his "downstairs" pouch and joined her in the other one. She stopped hissing, and now they're snuggling and chirping. I'm not sure what this meant - some people say it's a mating call, but I don't think they're ready because Desmond isn't even five months old yet, and his hair isn't missing from his head/chest/genital areas, plus he just seems too small. She could possibly be mature, she's a month and a half older than him so there is the possibility of an earlier maturity. So maybe she is wanting to mate? Otherwise, what I've also read is that it's just a simple call to a friend, though she does live with Eleanor so I'm not sure on why she would want more attention from him. I hope he's not gonna break the girls bond :(
Dec 12, 2017

 First Entry

My name is Amberly and I'm a freshman in college in South Dakota. I've decided I need to start a log for my babes. I'm raising my little family with my boyfriend Connor, who got our first glider, Sgt. Pepper, on August 13th of this year. At first, I was really jealous of Pepper, because I had just taken my pet lizard in to the vet and it wasn't looking too well for him. I was sad and distressed, and the one person I needed support from was giving his attention to the new creature in the house.
It took me probably three or four days to get over my absurd jealousy, when I finally began to fall in love with Pepper. He bonded to us quickly, only crabbing at me once when I disturbed him during his sleep. He was a dream. I came to the realization that I really wanted a pet of my own as well, and got looking online for pet stores with gliders nearby. I didn't find any close to home, but a store in Texas ships them out, and that's where I got Eleanor Rigby on August 24th!

It took me so much longer to bond with her. I want to say it took a good month to gain her trust, which felt like eternity to me. Her personality is so different from Peppers, but once they met and became friends, they were inseparable. We we're excited because we finally had two gliders, a boy and a girl, ready to grow up together and be best friends, until we went to the vet. Pepper had been missing a lot every time she peed, and from me using this site and others for research, I found out it's most likely a UTI, which it was. But that vet visit wasn't only about that... The technician brought back a drugged up sleepy little Pepper and asked us, "you know she's a girl, right?" We were both distraught, knowing Pepper to be our little boy. It's been at least a month or two now, and I'm completely used to it. I love her as a girl. Connor still gets confused. His mom won't even call her a her.

This enabled us to consider getting a third glider. We do want to breed in the future, just to keep our little colony going, with immense research and knowledge ready, of course. I hopped back online to the same site I got Ellie from, gliderpets.com, and found myself a very small, standard gray boy. I fell in love with his picture and placed my order immediately. When he arrived, he was bouncing around the shipping carrier, letting out a loud, really high-pitched crab. He's about a month younger than my girls, and it's crazy how much they seem to grow in that short amount of time. I think he's just a little munchkin, but he's getting bigger already. I got him on October 18th.

I'm having issues bonding with him. He loves the girls and playing and cuddling them, he loves treats and tiny stuffed elephant toy, but he will not give us a chance. He seems more cowardly than he does curious - he's only taken food from me a handful of times, and any sudden movements freaks him out. If I carry him with me in the bonding pouch, he will not relax and go back to sleep, he stays awake and alert and crabs whenever something scares him. It's been almost two months, and we haven't made anymore progress. But this Thursday marks the last day of classes until January, and we moved his cage next to the girls cage at Connor's parent's house (he was at my house, and the girls were in Connors dorm). I have a lot of free time on my hands, and I'm gonna get this little fella to love me as much as my girls do.

We're working on getting atticworx wheels because the ones we have now are you, wobbly, and have the bar through the middle. We ordered them new food and treats from exotic nutrition, and they absolutely love it. Desmond seems to be a picky eater, so we really have to make sure he's getting his protein in other ways since he'll barely eat egg and he doesn't like mealworms. Pepper always seems to be taking food from Ellie, but I was up just watching them play for an hour a couple nights ago, and I see she gets about the same amount of food as Pepper, so maybe she's just skinny because she's on the wheel about twice as much as Pepper is.

I'm gonna try to post often, so I can keep up with how they're doing and use it as an actual journal. Pictures are good for memories, but don't go into detail :)


Ellie (left) and Pepper (right) snuggling

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Desmond checking out my phone!
Dec 12, 2017

 First Entry

My name is Amberly and I'm a freshman in college in South Dakota. I've decided I need to start a log for my babes. I'm raising my little family with my boyfriend Connor, who got our first glider, Sgt. Pepper, on August 13th of this year. At first, I was really jealous of Pepper, because I had just taken my pet lizard in to the vet and it wasn't looking too well for him. I was sad and distressed, and the one person I needed support from was giving his attention to the new creature in the house.
It took me probably three or four days to get over my absurd jealousy, when I finally began to fall in love with Pepper. He bonded to us quickly, only crabbing at me once when I disturbed him during his sleep. He was a dream. I came to the realization that I really wanted a pet of my own as well, and got looking online for pet stores with gliders nearby. I didn't find any close to home, but a store in Texas ships them out, and that's where I got Eleanor Rigby on August 24th!

It took me so much longer to bond with her. I want to say it took a good month to gain her trust, which felt like eternity to me. Her personality is so different from Peppers, but once they met and became friends, they were inseparable. We we're excited because we finally had two gliders, a boy and a girl, ready to grow up together and be best friends, until we went to the vet. Pepper had been missing a lot every time she peed, and from me using this site and others for research, I found out it's most likely a UTI, which it was. But that vet visit wasn't only about that... The technician brought back a drugged up sleepy little Pepper and asked us, "you know she's a girl, right?" We were both distraught, knowing Pepper to be our little boy. It's been at least a month or two now, and I'm completely used to it. I love her as a girl. Connor still gets confused. His mom won't even call her a her.

This enabled us to consider getting a third glider. We do want to breed in the future, just to keep our little colony going, with immense research and knowledge ready, of course. I hopped back online to the same site I got Ellie from, gliderpets.com, and found myself a very small, standard gray boy. I fell in love with his picture and placed my order immediately. When he arrived, he was bouncing around the shipping carrier, letting out a loud, really high-pitched crab. He's about a month younger than my girls, and it's crazy how much they seem to grow in that short amount of time. I think he's just a little munchkin, but he's getting bigger already. I got him on October 18th.

I'm having issues bonding with him. He loves the girls and playing and cuddling them, he loves treats and tiny stuffed elephant toy, but he will not give us a chance. He seems more cowardly than he does curious - he's only taken food from me a handful of times, and any sudden movements freaks him out. If I carry him with me in the bonding pouch, he will not relax and go back to sleep, he stays awake and alert and crabs whenever something scares him. It's been almost two months, and we haven't made anymore progress. But this Thursday marks the last day of classes until January, and we moved his cage next to the girls cage at Connor's parent's house (he was at my house, and the girls were in Connors dorm). I have a lot of free time on my hands, and I'm gonna get this little fella to love me as much as my girls do.

We're working on getting atticworx wheels because the ones we have now are you, wobbly, and have the bar through the middle. We ordered them new food and treats from exotic nutrition, and they absolutely love it. Desmond seems to be a picky eater, so we really have to make sure he's getting his protein in other ways since he'll barely eat egg and he doesn't like mealworms. Pepper always seems to be taking food from Ellie, but I was up just watching them play for an hour a couple nights ago, and I see she gets about the same amount of food as Pepper, so maybe she's just skinny because she's on the wheel about twice as much as Pepper is.

I'm gonna try to post often, so I can keep up with how they're doing and use it as an actual journal. Pictures are good for memories, but don't go into detail :)


Ellie (left) and Pepper (right) snuggling

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Desmond checking out my phone!
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 About Me

avatar Thesugarbeatles
Gender: Female
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Member since: Oct 2, 2017
Posts: 16
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My Hobbies
I play keyboard and sing in our band, Granola. I've been playing piano since I was 7, and I love it. I also draw for fun... Other than that, I'm pretty busy with college and work. Oh, and I'm obviously obsessed with sugar gliders. :)
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My News
Big issues with Harrison, our newest and youngest boy. I'm really worried about him.
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My Bio
I'm Amberly. I'm 19, a freshman in college in South Dakota, and myself and my boyfriend own fpur amazing gliders. We both attend the same school, and we're from this town, so we are able to keep them at home and still see them every day.