sugar gliderSugar gliders (Petaurus brevicep) are small, omnivorous, gliding marsupials native to Australia, New Guinea and Indonesia. Their native habitat consists of eucalyptus, gum, and acacia trees where they sleep in the tree hollows and cavities by day and forage by night. They spend most of the time up in the forest canopy and rarely go to the ground. They have a lifespan of approximately 8 years in the wild and up to 15 years in captivity. Sugar gliders are approximately 1ft total in length (~6” body length & ~6” tail length). Their gliding membrane which extends from their front to back feet is called a patagium. Their prehensile tail allows them to hold onto and grab things and helps with balance when gliding. sugar gliderTypically they are grey with white stripes on their face, black marking on their feet and patagium and a white belly. They are typically nocturnal so they wake up in the evening and go back to sleep in the morning. Being nocturnal they have big eyes so that they can see better at night. They are highly social animals that live in colonies consisting of one alpha male and several females. They usually don’t have other males in the colony because they are polygamous and highly territorial. Males use their scent glands on their head and chest to mark their territory and colony members.