All Creatures’ advice for healthy sugar gliders
March 7, 2019
The sugar glider is part of the possum family and, as the name suggests, they’re rather fond of sugary and nectar-based foods.
They can make wonderful pets – but the right diet and exercise are extremely important. And it’s not just about keeping them healthy, either. If not fed well, you’ll notice a strange smell start to appear.
If you’d like in-depth advice, you can book a consultation with our Sandy Lane team. Simply give our reception desk a call and explain that you’d like to chat about the right diet for your sugar gliders.
We can also help if you’re experiencing any other problems with your pets.
So, what should you feed them?
The ideal diet for sugar gliders
In the wild, sugar gliders eat tree sap, pollen, nectar and insects… which isn’t an easy diet to replicate in a domestic environment in Norwich.
However, as omnivorous creatures, there are ways to make sure they get the three basic types of nutrition they need:
- Protein – Mealworms are an excellent source of protein and easy to find at pet shops
- Fresh fruit and veg – Include some extras in your usual grocery shopping
- Vitamins – Supplements are widely available, but it’s vital that they’re the correct type (for example, reptile vitamins would not be suitable for sugar gliders)
Remember to ask us if you’re unsure about anything – and we can also advise you about exercise.
Sugar gliders often enjoy wheels and other items that allow them to move around and burn off some energy; and it’s really good for them, too.