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Adding Another Glider !
We get asked this question often ... Can I keep more that one Sugar glider together in one cage? We are also asked frequently if another Sugar glider can be added to an existing lone Sugar glider or a cage that houses multiple Sugar gliders? Well, the answer to both questions is yes. Sugar gliders are colony animals, in the wild they live in groups (colonies) or 'families' of up to 30 animals. It is normal for Sugar gliders to thrive in groups, although when one animal is kept alone for long periods of time, it may require a slow introduction of any new additions to the cage.
Sugar gliders are highly social -- at least as far as marsupials go -- with nests often comprising up to seven adults and their young. Huddling together serves the nest occupants well during spells of cold weather, although the species is also capable of becoming torpid during cold weather, that is, its body temperature, heart rate and blood pressure drop for a few days at a time while the animal is in a state similar to hibernation.
Our recommendation for adding another Sugar glider to a cage that has housed one existing single glider, is to do so slowly. If possible, house the two gliders in two separate cages next to each other at first. Let the gliders get to know each other before they can interact together. If possible let the sides of the cages touch each other. They will get used to each other's behaviors, smells etc. Once the gliders have been able to get accustom to each other you can allow them to visit each otherís cages. Make sure that the initial introduction is carefully supervised, if there is any aggression, separate the gliders, and try again in a few days. In our experience, most Sugar gliders will adapt peacefully to the addition of another or multiple Sugar gliders.
When adding a baby glider to a cage that houses an adult sugar glider, extra caution should be given during the introduction process. Established adult Sugar gliders should have a slow (2 week) introduction to baby gliders entering their domain.
Allow us to help you with your Sugar glider husbandry issues. The informative pages listed in our department titled 'Educational Articles' contain quality information to guide you in the care and raising of your pet Sugar gliders. Take the time to read through this important information, preferably before you purchase a pet Sugar Glider. Articles on Sugar glider food, Sugar glider cages, and suggested Veterinarians are listed, along with breeding information and purchasing guides. Being informed on the care and breeding of Sugar gliders will benefit both you, and your new pets. It will also help you avoid health issues with your Sugar Gliders in the future.
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Adding Another Glider !