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What to Feed Adult Sugar Gliders

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The correct diet of sugar gliders is controversial subject. Like many animals that are relatively new in the pet trade, a Sugar gliders' nutritional needs are somewhat of a mystery, but the longer they are kept in captivity, the more is known about their needs. Unfortunately many books, pet stores and internet sites give out conflicting information, which does little to help the situation. However, as with most species, discovering what works nutritionally is a matter of trial and error, as there are few studies done on the nutrition of pet species other than cats or dogs.

Obviously, the requirements of sugar gliders are of importance to their overall health, and they are prone to metabolic bone disease resulting from an improper ratio of calcium to phosphorus in the diet. If a diet is relatively higher in phosphorus than calcium, calcium will be leached from the bones and other tissues to balance the levels in the blood. This results in a softening of the bones, making them susceptible to fractures, along with a myriad of other health problems related to calcium imbalance. Sugar gliders (in the wild) feed on eucalyptus gum, sap, insects, nectar, and honeydew (an excretory product of nectar eating insects). They will also eat bird eggs, lizards, small birds and other small prey items. This diet is pretty difficult to replicate in captivity. So a variety have food have been fed, in an attempt to somewhat mimic their natural intake and to see what makes them thrive in captivity. There are many 'Diet Plans' that have been, and still are used with success. The main drawback to these plans, are that they are time consuming to blend, require many ingredients, have to be stored refrigerated, and go bad if not used with-in a few days. Although these diets are nutritious, many Glider owners find it tedious to continuously have to find, purchase and blend all the ingredients together on a regular basis. Owners typically take on the task for a few weeks, then look for alternative, easier methods of feeding. The other drawback to concocting your own diet plan, is that you are never sure that your Glider is getting the correct nutrition. Protein, vitamin & mineral content can vary from batch to batch. Fortunately, there are now simpler ways to offer a nutritious diet to your Gliders.

But what is the ideal diet?

We recommend that adult sugar gliders be fed a varied diet. Exotic Nutrition's 'Premium Sugar glider Diet' or 'Glider Complete' should be available at all times. It stays fresh for months and can even be refrigerated for longer storage. The new suggested diet plan includes INSTANT-HPW wich is a powdered diet that you mix with water then freeze into ice cubes for daily feeding, you then place one ice cube on top of the Exotic Nutrition Premium Pellets or Glider Complete. This will deliver a complete food for adults or baby gliders.

Along with dry foods, offer fresh fruits and vegetables daily. If you are feeding 'Glider Complete' the fruit is already added, so it is optional to offer additional fruit & vegetables. 2-3 times per week you can offer INSECT-EATER DIET (canned food that contains whole insects) this is a soft sugar glider diet that offers variety and a protein source. If you prefer to feed a complete diet with-out the hassle of supplementing with fresh fruit etc., then we suggest feeding Exotic Nutrition's 'GLIDER COMPLETE' or 'INSECT-EATER DIET' in cans these diets already contains varieties of fruits, they contain high protein levels and are nutritionally complete. It is now very simple to offer your glider the highest nutrition level along with a fruit variety by feeding Exotic Nutrition's 'GLIDER COMPLETE' & INSECT-EATER DIET. View these products here

'Gliderade' nectar supplement can be offered on a regular basis, it is very high in carbohydrates and contains vitamins and bee pollen (something that gliders feed on in the wild). 'Gliderade' comes in a powder form, you must mix the powder 5 to 1 with water, although we prefer to mix it 4 to 1 to thicken the liquid, then offer approx. 1 tablespoon per day in a separate dish.View Gliderade and Nectars here Acacia gum is part of the Sugar Glider's natural diet. Acacia gum is available in powdered form (see our Supplements & Nectars department) just mix a teaspoon of powdered Acacia gum with water, and offer the resulting paste to your Gliders.

You can also offer Exotic Nutrition's Berries & Bugs diet a few times a week for variety. Fresh water should be available at all times, a calcium supplement Glider-Cal and multivitamin Glider-Booster can be sprinkled over fresh fruit three times a week, this ensures that you adult sugar glider is maintaining the calcium and vitamin levels required, although supplements are not necessary if your glider consumes enough of the Exotic Nutrition's Premium Sugar Glider Diet. It is important that you keep the ratio of 40% fruits and vegetables to 60% protein based foods. If you offer to much fruits your glider will fill up on the fruit, and not eat the necessary protein based foods.

Use vitamin supplements when necessary, but don't over do it, too many vitamins can be just as harmful as not enough..View Vitamins & Calcium here Start out by feeding about 3-4 tablespoons of food per night, per glider. If they eat it all the first night add a little more the next night until they leave only a little bit.

This combination has been used successfully by us, breeders,and hundreds of our customers with great success.


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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