Nutritional Needs of a Sugar Glider | Sugar Gliders

Nutrition is probably one of the most important
considerations in owning a pet sugar glider. Sugar gliders have very unique nutritional
requirements in captivity, and it’s very, very important that a lot of time and effort
be put toward feeding them properly to ensure that their nutritional requirements are met. There are a number of nutritional or diet
related disease conditions that can be prevented, if you educate yourself and learn how to feed
them properly. Meeting with your veterinarian and going over
captive sugar glider care, husbandry, and nutrition, as well as going over the known
and available types of diets for them is going to be key to keeping them healthy. In general, sugar gliders do require a daily
diet that includes fresh fruits, and some vegetables, depending on what they will eat. The diet should also include insects. Here we see mealworms. There are a number of different types of commercial
insects that sugar gliders enjoy and require in their diet. There are also a number of different types
of sugar glider commercial diets. These are kibble type dry food diets that
should be included as part of the diet. This should never be all of the diet. Also we have featured here examples of nectar. There are a lot of recipes for homemade nectar
type diets. Some people will use Nekton, which is a commercially
available bird food. That’s an acceptable substitute for feeding
sugar gliders as well. And then a number of people will make other
types of homemade dishes. Fruit purees, bases of applesauce, pureed
bananas, any of these type of foods with other added ingredients and nutrients that round
out a balance diet. Discussing with your veterinarian, the different
types of diet options, will cover known diets that are fed to sugar gliders in zoos, and
diets that have been developed for captive care of sugar gliders that are older, debilitated. And also will allow you to feed them properly,
and make sure that we’re not running into situations where nutritional disease does
develop. So ensuring proper sugar glider nutrition
is vital to prevent diseases that may develop as a result of feeding an inappropriate diet. Malnutrition related to not feeding enough
calcium, not feeding enough protein, and not giving them a variety of enough fresh fruits
may lead to conditions such as weakness, tremors, certain hind leg paresis, hind leg paralysis,
or loss of the back limb use. And a number of developmental problems from
malnutrition, and lack of appropriate vitamins, can be prevented if you know how to feed your
sugar glider properly.

Daniel Yohans

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