Sugar Glider


The sugar glider is native to Australasia and a member of the marsupial family, which includes kangaroos, opossums, and koala bears. The diminutive animal has been owned in the United States as a pet since the late 1990s and has been gaining in popularity over the past several years. Intelligent and easy to care for, the sugar glider gets its name from an ability to glide from tree to tree in search of sweet eucalyptus sap. The gliding membrane is a distinct flap of skin that extends from ankles to wrists and enables the marsupial to travel airborne as far as 150 feet.

Unlike hamsters, gerbils, and other common rodent pets, the sugar glider enjoys a lengthy lifespan of up to 15 years, similar to many dogs and cats. Also like dogs, the marsupials have distinct personalities and with sufficient training will respond to their names and even perform tricks. Unlike rodent pets, the sugar glider cleans itself frequently, is odorless, and does not present any problems involving gnawed furniture and household items.

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