==== ==== What Are Sugar Gliders: Sugar Gliders As Pets http://tinyurl.com/SugarGliderPet ==== ==== Breeding Your Sugar Glider A sugar glider is a marsupial native to Australia and has become wildly popular as a pet in the United States. Because sugar gliders have become popular pets throughout the world, many people have begun breeding them. The breeding process takes a lot of time, attention, and care. Before deciding to make the commitment to breeding sugar gliders, it is essential to understand the process and the proper way to care for the mother and her litter. Before beginning the process of breeding, it is imperative that the breeder has adequate housing for the gliders. The minimum size cage to house a sugar glider should be 30x18x36. The bigger the cage, the better, but the main focus is that the glider has enough room to jump and glide. Because sugar gliders are made to glide, it is important to note that when choosing a cage, height is more important than width. Sugar gliders are naturally playful animals, so their cages should be equipped with a variety of toys and climbing apparatuses. The cage should also include a nesting box where the gliders can sleep, reproduce, and nest. Gliders may mark the outside of their nesting boxes with urine, so the nesting box will need to be replaced multiple times throughout the gliders life. If this option is not desirable, a common solution is to place the nesting box at the top of the cage, prohibiting the glider from going on top of it. Regardless, the nesting box is extremely important because it facilitates the breeding process. In the wild, male and female sugar gliders tend to mate only one or two times a year. However, in captivity, they can mate and reproduce multiple times. The litter usually consists of one or two babies, which like other marsupials, are called joeys. The gestation periods lasts around 15 to 17 days, and when the babies are born, they are hairless and blind. Because they are not fully developed when they first emerge, the joeys must make their way into their mothers pouch where they will continue to grow. In the pouch, the baby sugar gliders will attach themselves to their mothers nipple and remain there for around 60 to 70 days. During this time, it is crucial that the breeder supply the mother with an abundance of protein to ensure the optimum growth of the joeys. It is also important for the breeder to provide a stress-free environment so that the mother and her babies can develop in a calm, peaceful setting. After the period in which the joeys develop in the mothers pouch, they begin to emerge. At first, the young sugar gliders stay very close to both their mother and their father. This is because their eyes dont fully open until about 12 to 14 days after the original emergence from the mothers pouch. If the mother and father allow it, it is beneficial for the breeder to expose the babies to human contact. This will familiarize them with humans and make them better pets in the long run. When the babies start to mature, they begin to wean off their mother. At four months, they are completely matured and ready for life on their own. The sugar glider breeding process requires time and dedication. It is important to do research beforehand so that the breeding is done properly. If done correctly, breeding sugar gliders can be
a rewarding experience for anyone.
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Published on Jan 8, 2012
Published on Jan 8, 2012
A guide to sugar gliders including correcting several myths about these amazing creatures.==) http://tinyurl.com/SugarGliderPet