A small animal native to Indonesia, New Guinea, Tasmania, and Australia, sugar gliders are similar in size to a large hamster. Sugar gliders are marsupials, and like possums and kangaroos, the females carry their young in a pouch on their abdomen. In the wild, small family groups of sugar gliders live in trees. For people seeking a small pet with a huge personality, a sugar glider has much to offer. Sugar gliders are easy to train and soon bond with their owner. They are playful and enjoy jumping from one family member to another. With a high jumping-off point, sugar gliders can glide as far as 150 feet. 

A properly balanced diet is critical for the health of a sugar

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glider, as the animals tend to develop constipation, obesity, and problems caused by nutritional deficiencies. As their name suggests, sugar gliders love sweet foods and are sometimes picky eaters. In the wild, sugar gliders are omnivorous and enjoy eating insects and sweet nectar. For animals kept as pets, recommendations for a healthy diet vary so pet owners should do their homework. Several experts recommend a diet of special pellets and a vitamin and mineral supplement, along with fresh fruits and vegetables. 

Sugar gliders require housing that provides ample space for jumping. Pet owners need to be aware, however, that gliders have opposable thumbs and can open nearly anything—so be certain that whatever enclosure the animal is in is secure. Protect the cage from direct sunlight, heating vents, fireplaces, and air conditioners. Hang a few hamster or bird toys to keep the sugar glider busy and active.