Sugar Gliders are super interesting little marsupials! They can communicate with us and each other through body motions and especially sounds, much like when we talk to each other with different intonations. Under normal circumstances, sugar gliders can make four primary types of sounds. They are chattering, barking, chirping, and sneezing.
Barking – Barking is a loud repeated “bark”, that sounds like a small chihuahua, this bark is believed to be used to find others or to warn others that there is a predator nearby. You will notice that all gliders in the area will freeze when one glider barks. This is because in the wild, if they don’t move, a predator is less likely to see them and have them for dinner. They may use barking as part of their mating practices, to find a mate. If you have only one glider, chances are that It’s extremely bored and lonely, so it will bark, trying to find a sugar glider friend. If you have several gliders, and they begin to bark, you might want to place a small night light near their cage; this will help to make them feel more comfortable, just like a child needing a night light. When you hear barking make sure to check and make sure there is nothing wrong, like an empty water bottle, empty food dish, or a predator is near their cage and they are in danger. That predator could be a dog, cat, mouse, rat or snake. Some of the stories we have heard would amaze you.
Chirping is probably one of the cutest sounds that gliders make. It’s a soft purring or chirping sound. It’s a sound that is made when a glider is content and expressing affection with either their human or one another. Sugar gliders also chirp or sing to their new babies while nursing them.
Crabbing is usually the first sound that new owners hear from their gliders. It is meant to scare you but remember that they are scared, not you😊. This sound is mostly make by young gliders. It can be somewhat loud; a defensive noise that sounds a lot like a locust, or a pencil grinder. Once a glider is well-bonded to their human, they will almost never make this sound unless they are startled, feel threatened or scared.
Sneezing or “hissing” is a part of their cleaning ritual. Sugar Gliders keep themselves extremely clean. When gliders aren’t sleeping, busy playing or gliding, they’re grooming themselves or their cage mates. If you take notice that your glider has excessive sneezing or hissing, or making these noises while attempting to clean their genitalia, please take your glider to your local veterinarian as soon as possible for a checkup, this could be a sign something is wrong.