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How Much Does a Sugar Glider Cost?

 
low costAdult: $100-$150average costBaby (8 to 12 Weeks): $200-$500
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Sugar gliders, also known as sugar bears and honey gliders, are small marsupials originally from Australia that are becoming common exotic pets in America. They have gray, black and cream fur, pouches, and a "gliding membrane" between their front and hind legs that allows them to glide through the air.

Typical costs:

  • Buying a baby sugar glider, or joey, aged eight to twelve weeks, costs between $200 and $500, depending on the region and the pet's personality and other attributes.
  • Older sugar gliders cost less, between $100 to $150 because they'll be harder to train and are therefore less desirable.
  • Look for a USDA-licensed breeder.
Related articles: Gerbil, Guinea Pig, Hamster, Hedgehog, Chinchilla, Rabbit

What should be included:
  • Commonly confused with flying squirrels, they are different from this mammal in that gliders are more social and live twice as long -- about 12 to 15 years.
  • The Association of Sugar Glider Veterinarians provides a video[1] on what to expect when bringing a sugar glider home.
  • Before buying, make sure the sugar glider's eyes are bright and shiny, its tail is fully furred and its coat is soft, not rumpled. Likewise, make sure no animals in the same cage look ill.
  • Observe the pet's personality to make sure it will be a good fit. Sugar gliders should be well socialized when sold. Make sure the pet is friendly and not skittish. Ask to hold it; a reputable seller will allow this.
Additional costs:
  • A sugar glider-appropriate cage costs between $100 to $150, such as the Jung-L-Gym Start-R-Cage available at SugarGliderInfo.org for $139.
  • Feeding a sugar glider a diet of veterinarian-approved pellet food, fresh fruits and vegetables and a calcium-based multivitamin supplement should cost about $10 per month. Also, a water bottle and food dish will each run about $5. PetEducation.com[2] details what food to feed a sugar glider.
  • Sugar gliders can play with just about any pet toy, but avoid those with strings, as sugar gliders can get tangled in them. Toy prices range from $2 to $20.
  • Because the sugar glider's natural climate is warm, it's advisable to get a heat rock or heat lamp to keep the glider's cage comfortable. These run about $15 to $40.
  • Some stores, like Association of Sugar Glider Veterinarians-approved SugarBears.com, offer a glider starter kit including a one-month supply of food and vitamins, a heat rock, water bottle and food bowl for $50.
Shopping for a sugar glider:
  • The Association of Sugar Glider Veterinarians[3] (ASVG) and the North American Sugar Gliders Association[4] both caution that there is much outdated and incorrect information regarding the care of sugar gliders on the Internet. Check their sites for the most reputable information.
  • The ASGV offers a list of seven questions[5] to ask a sugar glider seller.
  • Note that sugar gliders, like other exotic animals, are illegal in some cities and states, including California. Check local ordinances to see if sugar glider ownership is allowed and whether a permit is needed.
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External Resources:
  1.  www.asgv.org/pet_owners/introduction.php
  2.  www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=18+1798&aid=2442
  3.  www.asgv.org/client-education/ce_series2.php
  4.  www.mynasga.org/sugarglider_dosugarglidermakegoodpets.htm
  5.  www.asgv.org/client-education/checklist.php
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