The correct diet of sugar gliders is a controversial subject because every glider’s needs and tastes are different, remember to not rely on one person’s information because everyone has their own opinion. A basic diet of one of the many POPULAR RECIPES presented on this website, and the list of fruits and vegetables, will help you obtain a good start but nothing beats doing your own research and gathering as much information as you can to come up with the best diet for your individual glider’s needs. Like many animals that are relatively new in the pet trade, their needs are somewhat of a mystery, but the longer they are kept 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. To help balance the glider’s diet, there is a variety of popular supplements such as Wombaroo supplements.
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. This diet is pretty difficult to replicate in captivity. So a variety of foods have been fed, in an attempt to somewhat mimic their natural intake and to see what makes them thrive in captivity. It’s found that they thrive best when the owner provides an abundant variety of fruits, vegetables, and insects with proper supplements.
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