You are now an excited owner of a sugar glider! Congratulations and cheer, cheer! You have brought a home for it already, decorated its cage and even brought tons of toys for your glider to play with. You even have an exotic vet for a friend so what’s next for your glider?
What does a sugar glider eat anyway? What does a sugar glider eat questions always give the owners thoughts to ponder on indeed. Since sugar gliders are from the eucalyptus forests of Australia, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, their name comes from the facts that they glide and they love to eat anything sweet.
So again, what does a sugar glider eat when it is in captivity?
As an owner of a glider, you have to bear in mind that so many complications like health problems have touched the lives of a glider due to its improper diet. Sugar and fruit are the basic needs of a glider but then again, sugar gliders are omnivorous, so they can eat different, varieties of fruits. Insects also make a large part of their meal.
If you are breeding gliders, then you mostly have to feed it with insects since insects play a big part in glider breeding. Insects are very high in protein and gliders need more protein during the most important time of their lives.
How does a sugar glider eat again? Plants such as the acacia gum, the sap of the eucalyptus and other nectars can make your glider so happy! If they are in the wilds, they eat manna as well. Manna is that sugar that looks crusty where sap flows from a wound of a tree or of its branch.
There are so many points to remember as far as glider nutrition is concerned. The key is balance – just like us human beings, your glider is also a living creature, only it comes in a different form. But nonetheless, it is still like us in any way.
You have to give your glider a healthy variety of foods. So here it goes:Protein source. Fresh fruits and vegetables sprinkled with a daily dose of calcium and vitamins to make sure your glider gets nutrition so adequate. Staple food that is available anytime – staple simply means something your glider could eat anytime it experiences hungry pangs. Staple food is like its midnight snack. Crickets, worms, boiled eggs mixed with honey, yogurts and apple sauce are just a few of the samples for your glider diet.
If your glider has just been weaned, do not feed it with worms yet but Gerber chicken food could be its food for now. You just have to mix it with applesauce. Grasshoppers can also be a great food supplement for your glider.
Now that you have a basic idea on what to feed your sugar gliders, for sure, you are going to be a great adoptive parent to your glider. Have fun with your baby and make sure it gets the best of everything just like the great sugar glider breeders do!