The Cage: There are special cages made just for sugar gliders however they are quite expensive. If you can afford one great, your gliders will love you. Most of these cages are made of vinyl coated 1" x 1/2" welded wire and are normally very tall. Tall finch cages with 1/2" bars also work well. It is better to have a tall cage than long cage as gliders are normal tree dwellers. A good starting size for one or two gliders would be 24" x 24" x 48" but bigger is always better. The following items should be in the cage as well.
1. Water bottle (or dish but water bottles like those for hamsters work better), 2. Food dishes 3. Pouch or hide box (for sleeping and hiding) 4. Branches or ledges to climb on 5. Glider safe wheel optional (such as wodent wheel or other wheel wear there is no chance of getting the gliders tail caught between a wheel beam and a wheel support beam) 6. Chewable or hanging toys like those for a bird or hamster (optional)
No special lighting is needed if the cage is near a window. If no window is available then a light should be put on a timer (12 hours on 12 hours off) to help maintain a normal photoperiod for the animals.
Temperature range at the location of the cage should be between 70 to 90 F.
Cage: The sugar glider's cage should be as big as you can manage, although no smaller than 24x24x36 inches high for one or two gliders. Height is a very important thing with glider cages, as your glider feels safer the higher up it is. The wire bars of the cage should be no more than .5 inches apart. It is better to have enameled wire, as galvanized wire is harder to clean. Galvanized wire has also been linked to health issues. Do not use screen for your cage, because their nails can get caught in it. Reptariums make wonderful cages for most gliders. They are large, light, and easy to clean. If your sugar glider is a chewer, you may want to consider something other than a reptarium.
Cage Location/Atmosphere: The location of the cage of you cage should be chosen carefully. Choose a location that isn't loud all the time. Sugar gliders should not be in a room with loud birds, as the sounds birds make will cause stress for your sugar glider. Gliders prefer the sensation of being high up, so if you cage is not a ceiling to floor cage, place it on a sturdy table. Room temperature should be between 65 degrees F and 75 degrees F. This is really convenient, as this is the average temperature of most homes.
Sleeping location: In the wild, sugar gliders sleep in hollow trees lined in leaves. Small nesting boxes designed for small birds make a great slumber box. Some owners prefer to use sleeping pouches. These pouches are similar to bonding pouches, but have clips to attach to your gliders cage. Which ever you choose, place the item high in the cage. This will make the glider feel safer.
Toys: Sugar gliders are very interactive animals. They should have enough toys in their cage to promote interest, curiosity, and movement. Most bird toys and some cat toys make wonderful toys for sugar gliders. A toy that I would highly recommend is a Stealth Wheel( Cheaper wheel would be Silent Wheel) Please don't use wodent wheel or wire wheels, as many gliders have gotten their tails caught along with various other injuries.
Branches/Perches: Add perches to your gliders cage, of different levels and sizes. Different perch and branch sizes allow your glider to exercise his feet muscles. Sugar gliders love natural branches, although if you choose to get them from outside, they must be sterilized by baking, or boiling. Never add a branch to your cage without doing this, as you could introduce many parasites to you sugar glider, and his home. Some good choices are elm and apple.
Feeding location: It is important with 2 or more sugar gliders, to have more than one feeding station. One sugar glider could become dominate and not allow the others to eat. Try to have them at different levels in the cage, and on opposite sides. Try Using Sugar glider Kitchens - to contain Their messes.
Introducing New Gliders - Any two gliders should be carefully introduced to each other because first impressions are lasting; even with gliders.
Although gliders under normal circumstance don't injure each other caution should be used when introducing gliders because it is impossible to reliably predict how they will respond to each other. For two gliders that don't have any obvious antagonism toward each other the shorter method will probably work just fine, but for two gliders that are openly antagonistic to each other I would definitely recommend the longer method. Also, as a point of information: under no circumstances should an adult glider be housed with a joey that is unknown to it. Adult gliders, both male and female, have been known to antagonize joeys to the point of sending them into shock and that often leads to death. If you have situation like this get used to the idea that it will be necessary to house them separately, to ensure the safety of the joey, until the joey is old enough to fend off this kind of behavior. That means that joey will need to be at least six to seven months old before it is safe. You should allow the glider and the joey to spend supervised time around each other so that they bond with each other and you.
We are a small sugar glider breeder located in Baltimore, MD. Breeding specific colors - White Face Blonde’s, Leucistic’s (Black Eyed White), Cremino’s and Mosaic's. This beautiful Sugar glider is a mosaic sugar glider!
Colors and Variations -Colors Vary and as does the prices of the sugar gliders - definitions for some of the most exotic are Below ... Mosaic and Leucistic color (BEW - BLACK EYED WHITE) Colored Glider variations are the most exotic and highly valued
Leucistic are white sugar glider with black eyes. Solid white body. Black eyes. No silver, grey or stripe of any kind. Also refered as Leu or Black Eyed White (BEW)
White Variation-A glider that shows a lot of white but doesn't fit into any of the categories, Also known as a Blacked Eyed White (BEW), a leucistic sugar glider is all white with no markings and black eyes. Any glider from the leucistic lines is considered a possible het until it has produced white sugar glider. The only exception is the first generation from a white parent.
White-Faced Blonde-A normal marked glider with a creamy face and cream colored body with no black bars under ears.(Victoria Is 100% HET White Faced Blonde)
Mosaic -Glider has a white/cream colored body with light gray markings and faded stripe.
Platinum Mosaic White body with silver or black tinting or stripe. Black eyes. The amount of coloring on the glider varies.
Creamino- A albino that has a cream coloring, faint stripe, and ruby red eyes.
Albino-Complete lack of pigmentation - no silver, gray, or stripe of any kind. Eyes are pink and ears are translucent.
White-Faced Gray-A normal marked glider with a white face and no black lines under ears.
White-Faced Cinnamon-A normal marked glider with a cinnamon coloring and no black bars under ears.
Champagne-Champagne is a light silver color, to a light light cream color, with a maroon dorsal stripe, tat fades before it reaches the tail.
White Tip-Normal marked glider with a white tipped tail. Glider may be normal in color, white-faced, or another shade of color.
Ringtail-Glider has rings of different colors around its tail and usually carried the white gene.
Buttercream-Creamy brown color with a yellowish to cream colored head, stripe is usually brown to red.
Lion Female-A golden honey color with dark brownish-red features. Lighter than the male Lion.
Lion Male-A golden honey color with dark brownish-red features.
Light Cinnamon-Glider has a red body and a redder stripe. Normal markings.
Dark Cinnamon-Glider has a red body and a redder stripe. Normal markings. Calico-Multi colored throughout the body, bands wrap the body in various colors, white included.
Black Beauty-Has darker markings Thick circles under the eyes and ears all black is more dark then regular gliders
*Special Note -Our New Mosaic is a Platinum Mosaic Sugar Glider. She will be Giving Birth Soon …