There is a lot of discussion and differing opinions in regards to sugar glider diets, so we thought we would share with you what we feed our gliders. For those of you who don’t know, sugar gliders are omnivores and come from Australia. They eat a variety of foods mainly comprising of nectar, saps & insects. The diet of our captive gliders is mainly comprised of fruit & vegetables, insects and acacia gum. This is because this is the closest comparative diet to their natural diet, however we do also supplement their food with vitamins and minerals to provide them with all the nutrients they need. One of the most important factors when feeding gliders is making sure their diet consists of a 2:1 calcium : phosphorus ratio…
So, here is an example of what we feed our gliders:
Feeding a sugar glider is not cheap and also takes a long time to prepare.
Once we have chopped up all the fruit & veg, it is all blended up so they cannot pick & choose their favorite foods (so they always get the correct diet), they then also Iams cat biscuits every day (or sometimes eggs), insects once or twice a week, acacia gum twice a week, bio yogurt and various vitamin & mineral supplements throughout the week. We also sometimes treat our gliders to dried papaya pieces and pine nuts (which they love but have no good nutritional value). We will often find ourselves spending 3+ hours in the kitchen chopping up food for the animals, but we like to make sure they are always getting the diet & nutrition they need.
So that’s a brief overview of our sugar glider diet, and will hopefully give you an insight as to just how much thought & preparation has to go into these little cute creatures dinners.