Sugar Glider FAQs

What Is A Sugar Glider?

Sugar Gliders are small marsupials native to Australia. Sugar gliders get their name from their love of sugary foods, and their amazing ability to glide!

Are Sugar Gliders Flying Squirrels?

No. While they may look "similar", there are huge differences. Sugar gliders are marsupials, females have a pouch, birth joeys and are native to Australia. Flying squirrels are placental mammals, have no pouch and are native to North America. While both can be pets (if permitted by law), they are very different species and cannot mate and produce babies.

How Long Do Gliders Live?

Healthy gliders can live to be 12 - 15 years old.

Is It Legal To Own Sugar Gliders?

Please check with your local county, city and state laws. At this time, it is Illegal to own sugar gliders in Alaska, California and Hawaii. Some states, while it's legal to own sugar gliders, have special laws and regulations, these are: Georgia, New Mexico and New York. Please make sure it is legal to own a glider where you live, and that you are purchasing your glider from a licensed breeder, like Sugar Glider Alley!

Do Gliders Need Special Health Care?

It is always a good idea to make sure your vet is trained in glider care and exotics. A sugar glider does not need vaccinations, but a regular physical exam is highly recommended. 

Do Gliders Bite?

Yes. Any animal can nip or bite. These can be playful, accidental, or out of fear or anger. Sugar gliders aren't usually aggressive, and bonding and spending time with your glider will lessen the likelihood of bites.

Do Gliders Smell?

Sugar gliders are naturally clean, and do not require bathing. Keeping your gliders' cage clean will prevent unappealing smells. Male gliders can be a little "musky" when marking their territory, but sugar glider smells are far less than cats or dogs, for example.

We hope these help answer questions you may have. If you have any further questions, please ask. We love talking about Sugar Gliders!