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Video:Sugar Glider Diet and Feeding

with Phil London

Sugar Gliders have a very high metabolism, which requires a special diet of sugars and proteins. See our tips on properly feeding your Sugar Gliders so they are healthy and active.See Transcript

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Transcript:Sugar Glider Diet and Feeding

Hi, I’m Phil London from Pet Guy Central in Suffern, New York, here for About.com. I’m going to explain the feeding and diet for your pet Sugar Glider.

Sugar Gliders and Sugars

They’re a very active animal so they have a very high metabolism. It means they’re going to eat a lot of food. They’re also going to go to the bathroom a lot. Because it is so active and it has a high metabolism it does need a strong source of sugars, which is generally fruits and vegetables. You want to stay more towards the fruit side, because obviously they have more sugars in them.

Proteins and Bugs

Protein sources come from bugs. I do recommend live food most of the time – it usually is better fed – it gives them something to do. You can get a greater variety of things.

Sugar Glider Pellets

I’m going to start off here with the Sugar Glider Staple Pellets. Most of their nutrition is inside these pellets. It has enough protein and enough sugar for them to maintain a well balanced diet. But everybody does need a variety of fruits and vegetables and nobody likes to eat the exact same thing all of the time – it kinda gets boring. You want to do more of a varied diet. We’ve got a banana some grapes, orange, apple and then along with some crickets and slome wax worms.

Cut Food Into Bit-Sized Pieces

They really can't get through most of the skin and it’s quite an effort for them to try and actually take a piece off of the apple. So you have to spend a little time preparing your food and spend a little time cutting down to bite size pieces. More or less like for a child so they can eat their food well.

Experiment With Foods

Also, everybody is going to have a personal opinion on what they do like and what they don’t like. So, some sugar gliders might really enjoy banana and on the other hand some might not like it at all and might not want to eat it at all.

They’re sort of like people where their taste is going to change on what they do like to eat. So, when they’re younger they might not like banana. But do try it again, down the road, because their tastes do change.

Include Peel From Fruit

You also don’t want to discard, especially with the banana and the orange the outside peel because that is where most of the nutrition of the fruit is. On the inside is mostly sugar and water which, don’t get me wrong, they need but a lot of the additional vitamins, like with the orange, the vitamin C, it’s in a stronger concentration in the peel then it is in the fruit.

Give Sugar Gliders a Mixed Diet

If they end up getting too much watery fruits, an example you’re only feeding them oranges, watermelons and grapes they might have a bit more of the runs. And have a small issue of staying hydrated properly. What we end up generally doing is giving them a small dish and keep that full all the time of their staple pellet food. And after that, right now, I’d end up cutting up about a quarter of each of the banana , the orange, and the apple and chop it up for him and he should eat about a good two thirds of that. Again, leaving a little bit to leftovers and not wanting to eat some of this and some of that. But giving him plenty of options so he always has something.>br>
I do give them the first couple of pieces by hand so that they know where it’s coming from and then everything else winds up going into the cage.

Crickets and Worms

Same thing with the crickets and the worms. The crickets you want to make sure that your cage can contain the crickets otherwise you’re going to have crickets running around your house. But they kind of go in the cage on a free roam so that the Sugar Glider can get their exercise where your worms are going to wind up going into a dish. It always varies between animals and what you wind up feeding them.

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