Sugar gliders can live 12-15 years.
Full grown gliders weigh between four and five ounces.
In the wild, they can glide over 150 feet.
They are marsupials. Female gliders have a pouch like a kangaroo.
They are native to Australia, New Guinea and certain Indonesian islands.
They have opposable thumbs.
A sugar glider’s tail is about as long as its body. They use this to steer and balance while gliding.
They are omnivores.
They are nocturnal.
Sugar gliders have teeth specially designed to suck the liquids out of fruits and vegetables, as well as bite through tree bark to the sap underneath.
Mother gliders will sometimes sing to their babies.
Male gliders make great fathers. They help the females care for the joeys.
Males have three scent glands: the most noticeable are the one on the top of their heads and one on their chest (they appear to be bald spots).
Females are only pregnant for about 16 days. After that the joeys spend 60 days in the pouch before beginning to venture out.
They keep themselves very clean and never need baths.
Sugar gliders can recognize their name and learn simple commands.
Sugar gliders see in black and white, but they can also see the color red.
They are colony animals. In the wild, they live in groups of (up to) seven adults plus the joeys. The colony has two dominant males who “rule” together.
Female gliders can have joeys in the pouch and be pregnant at the same time.
Male gliders are often dominant in their left hand, females in their right.