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What is Sugar Glider ?
The sugar glider ( Petaurus breviceps) is a small, omnivorous, and a nocturnal gliding animal. They are able to glide trough the air, much like a flying squirrel.
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What are they like?
- The sugar glider looks like a small squirrel. It has short grey fur, not unlike that of a koala. Its soft underside fur is a creamy-white.
- The sugar glider has black rings around its big, black eyes, and a black stripe running down the centre of its face and ending just above its nose.
- This black stripe continues down the back of the sugar glider and ends before its wide, rather bushy grey tail.
- The sugar glider has 5 digits on each foot. Its hind feet each have an opposable toe, allowing the sugar glider to grip onto branches.
- The sugar glider’s tail is long and flat and helps the animal to balance and steer while it is gliding. The tail is also partially prehensile (able to grip) and is used to carry leaves into its nest.
How do they behave?
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The animal launches itself from a tree, spreading its limbs to expose the gliding membranes. This creates an aerofoil enabling them to glide 50 metres or more. Gliding provides minimal contact with ground predators. Glinding may also allow sugar gliders to decrease their energy consumption when searching for food.
Like all arboreal, nocturnal marsupials, sugar gliders are active at night, and shelter in tree hollows lined with leafy twigs during the day.
What do they eat?
|Gumtrees provide and ideal habitat for sugar gliders|
How do they re-product?
- Sugar gliders are usually social animals, living in small colonies or family groups, which can number up to seven adults and their young.
- The group’s territory can cover up to 2.5 acres, and is scent marked by the dominant males of the group, of which there are usually two.
- Sugar gliders use a wide range of squeaks, hisses and barks – as well as scent markings – to communicate with each other
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