Sugar Glider Nutrition
Improper diet can have a direct result on the health and well being of your sugar glider, this is why it is important to be aware of their nutritional needs. Sugar gliders are omnivorous, which means that they eat a variety of food, including meat and plant sources. This is also when the majority of their breeding occurs, therefore meaning they require higher amounts of protein when breeding them in captivity. In their natural habitat insects make up a large part of their diet, especially during the warmer seasons of the year. During colder months of the year plant material such as acacia gum, eucalyptus sap and other nectars make a majority of their diet. Sugar gliders also eat honeydew, an excess sugar produced from sap sucking insects and manna, a crusty sugar left from where sap has flowed from a wound in a tree trunk or branch. To substitue these foods in captivity, honey are fruits are considered good resources. Following is a recommended diet that will aid in the health of your sugar glider while keeping them balanced nutritionally. This diet consists of fresh foods that are prepared daily and fed at times that will not allow the sugar gliders to access spoiled foods.