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Sugar Glider[1]
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Marsupialia
Order: Diprotodontia
Family: Petauridae
Genus: Petaurus
Species: P. breviceps
Binomial name
Petaurus breviceps
Waterhouse, 1839
Sugar Glider natural range:
Red:P. b. breviceps
Blue:P. b. longicaudatus
Dark Green:P. b. ariel
Yellow:P. b. flavidus
Violet:P. b. papuanus
Light Green:P. b. tafa
Black:P. b. biacensis

The Sugar Glider (Petaurus breviceps) is a small marsupial originally native to eastern and northern mainland Australia, New Guinea, and the Bismarck Archipelago, and introduced to Tasmania. It is called a sugar glider because it likes to feed on the sugary sap from certain trees, and can jump from trees and glide through the air to another tree. They live in trees, and rarely travel on the ground. They eat many foods, but mostly tree sap and insects. They look and act much like a Flying squirrel, but they are not related. Sugar gliders are actually related to possums.

As pets

Skeleton of a sugar glider.

Around the world, the sugar glider is a popular domestic pet. It is one of the most commonly traded wild animals in the illegal pet trade, where animals are plucked directly from their natural habitats.[3]

In Australia, sugar gliders can be kept in Victoria, South Australia and the Northern Territory but not Western Australia, New South Wales, ACT or Tasmania.[4]

Sugar gliders are most popular as pets in the United States, where they are bred in large numbers. Most states and cities allow sugar gliders as pets, with some exceptions. In some places, a license or permit might be needed to own a sugar glider, because they are considered an exotic pet, or wild animal.[5]


  1. Groves, Colin (16 November 2005). Wilson, D. E., and Reeder, D. M. (eds). ed. Mammal Species of the World (3rd edition ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 55. ISBN 0-801-88221-4 .
  2. Australasian Marsupial & Monotreme Specialist Group (1996). Petaurus breviceps. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. Retrieved on 12 May 2006.
  3. "Insider the Exotic Pet Trade: Fatal Attractions". Retrieved 2010-10-22.
  4. Dixie Sugar Gliders [1]
  5. "Summary of State Laws Relating to Private Possession of Exotic Animals". Born Free USA. Retrieved 24 October 2012.

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