Daily Life with your Glider
Q: I’ve got my sugar gliders home; the cage and toys are ready…what now?
Now that you’ve got your sugar gliders home please give them a few days to acclimate to their new environment and surroundings. After a few days you’re ready to start the bonding process. Remember to be patient with your new babies. Make yourself a part of their daily life with brief visits, treats, and their meals, but you want to avoid overwhelming them. Once a day or two has passed, you can move on to the next steps to bond with your new friend.
Q: How do I bond with my sugar glider?
This will always depend on your glider itself. Some may be perfectly calm when you take them home, and others may be nervous from their journey and unsure of their new surroundings. Our best advice is to “listen” to what your sugar glider is telling you and take it at a pace that they’re comfortable with. Don’t push yourself on them or confront them directly in their face for that can be frightening at first. After all, you’re a giant to them! As they have a very strong sense of smell, a small piece of clothing with your scent in their cage can help them become aware of who you are. They can also become accustomed to the sound of your voice, so speaking calmly to them will help them get to know you. If they’re ready for it, after a few kind, soft-spoken words and some encouragement, a treat offered from your hand would be a great way to start. That way, you become associated with good feelings and treats, and it gives you a chance to gently pet them while they snack! Something to consider is a Bonding Pouch, Glider purse or tote from our boutique. It allows for the bonding process, allowing them to become accustomed to your scent and the beat of your heart, while keeping your gliders snug and secure.
Q: What is their ideal temperature?
The ideal temperature range for a sugar glider is between 72 and 76 degrees, with about 45-50% relative humidity. They are comfortable in their sleeping pouches with a few little fleece blankets and a little sugar glider friend to cuddle. Heat rocks should never be used! They are very dangerous, leading to dehydration, burns or death for the little glider. Caution: there are companies that would sell you heat rocks for sugar gliders, do not take their advice. These are the same companies that recommend feeding them pizza and letting them sleep in your old shirt on the cage floor.
Q: What are all these noises they’re making? I don’t speak “glider!”
For the new glider owner, the first time they hear a scared or annoyed sugar glider can be a surprising one. One of the most common noises when discussing sugar gliders is called “crabbing,” which can be described as sounding somewhat like an electric pencil sharpener. It signifies that they feel threatened or scared and is usually a sign that they want to be left alone” It can be more common during the early periods of bonding, as they are still getting accustomed to their surroundings, and there’s a rather large person that’s trying to handle them. As they become more comfortable, and see you as a friend, their crabbing should decrease and cease. Another interesting sound is a “barking” sound, which can be a way of communicating with their fellow gliders. It can serve as both a “here I am” as well as a “where is everyone?” It can also mean they are scared. Leaving a very dim night light on may help them feel more comfortable.