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Sugar Glider Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Petaurus breviceps
  • Class

    Mammals
  • Order

    Marsupialia
  • Range

    Native to Australia and neighboring islands

  • Status

    Thriving

  • Habitat

    Large groups (up to 30) live in trees. Stripped bark and bite marks in wood are signs that sugar gliders are present.

  • Niche

    As nocturnal creatures, sugar gliders hunt insects and small vertebrates. They also eat sweet sap from trees, which gives them their name, along with their ability to soar between branches.

  • Life History

    Young remain in their mother's pouch for 70 days, after which they remain in the nest. They are ejected from the group at around nine months, when they must find a new group.

  • Special Adaptations

    • The membranes that enable the sugar glider to soar are used to escape predators such as foxes and cats. Flying predators, such as owls, remain a threat to sugar gliders.
    • Sugar gliders can soar some 50 yards, steering by curving their membranes. They launch from tree limbs with powerful hind legs, which they tuck against their body while in flight.
    • Males mark their territory with saliva and scents produced by glands on the forehead and chest.

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