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Sugar Glider

Sugar GliderSugar gliders are omnivores which means they eat a mix of plant and animal products. In the wild this consists of a variety of nectars, pollens, insects and fruits. Unfortunately, the exact nutrient requirements are unknown so it is hard to find a complete commercial diet. This makes gliders one of the more challenging small exotic mammals to feed.

In general, gliders need 50% nectar and 50% insect based diets. This diet can be supplemented with 1 teaspoon of chopped fruits and a few grains of bee pollen per week.

The insect portion of the diet can be supplied as a commercial insectivore or sugar glider diet. This can be replaced or supplemented with live, gut-loaded insects like mealworms, crickets, superworms, silkworms or other appropriately sized insects.

Commercial sources of nectar are available, although homemade artificial nectar may provide a better variety of nutrients. Searching the internet for Leadbeater’s diet or Boubon’s Modified Leadbeater’s diet can provide recipes for making artificial nectar at home. Homemade products should be made fresh once or twice a week and kept refrigerated or frozen to prevent spoilage.

Leadbeater's Mix

  • 10 tablespoons warm water
  • 10 tablespoons honey
  • 1 hard boiled egg without the shell
  • 1 table spoon powdered or flaked baby cereal
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin and mineral supplement

Mix together until smooth. The mixture can be frozen in an ice cube tray to prevent spoiling. One thawed "glider cube" can be fed per day per sugar glider.