rec.pets: Sugar Glider FAQ (1/4) - About this FAQ

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Tim Hussey

Aug 7, 1995, 3:00:00 AM8/7/95
Archive-name: pets/sugar-gliders/part1
Last-modified: 26 Jul 1995
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Sugar Glider FAQ [1/4] - About this FAQ
Compiled & Maintained by Tim Hussey
This document is copyright 1995 by Tim Hussey and Ruth Grove.



Part I: About this FAQ

0. **** About this FAQ ****

(0.1) Goal & Purpose of this FAQ
(0.2) Disclaimers
(0.3) How to get this FAQ
(0.4) The Format of this FAQ
(0.5) Copyright and Redistribution Information
(0.6) Credits and Acknowledgements

Part II: Introduction to Sugar Gliders

1. **** General Information ****

(1.1) What is a Sugar Glider, anyway?
(1.2) Do Sugar Gliders make good pets?
(1.3) What does a Sugar Glider look like?
(1.4) What noises do Sugar Gliders make?
(1.5) Do Sugar Gliders give off any scents?

2. **** Obtaining a Pet Sugar Glider ****

(2.1) Where can I find a Sugar Glider to purchase?
(2.2) What should I look for?
(2.3) Baby Sugar Gliders versus Adults
(2.4) Wild-caught versus Captive-Breed
(2.5) Should I keep more than one Sugar Glider?
(2.6) Will Sugar Gliders get along with other pets?


3. **** Housing Sugar Gliders ****

(3.1) What type of housing do Sugar Gliders require?
(3.2) What do Sugar Gliders need to climb/play on?
(3.3) What do Sugar Gliders need for sleeping/shelter?
(3.4) What type of bedding is best for Sugar Gliders?
(3.5) Can Sugar Gliders have free roam of your house?

4. **** Feeding Sugar Gliders ****

(4.1) Basic nutrional requirements of the Sugar Glider
(4.2) Why are fresh fruits and vegetable so important?
(4.3) Foods that Sugar Gliders will eat & are good for them
(4.4) What are good treats for Sugar Gliders?
(4.5) Keeping standards versus variety

5. **** Companionship and Exercise ****

(5.1) Do Sugar Gliders enjoy human companionship?
(5.2) How can I get my Sugar Glider to bond with me?
(5.3) When bonded, what can I expect?


6. **** Breeding Sugar Gliders ****

(6.1) Are Sugar Gliders difficult to breed?
(6.2) Overview of the birthing process
(6.3) How do I feed the newborns?
(6.4) When should they be removed from the parents?
(6.5) Do I need a license?

7. **** Health Concerns ****

(7.1) Watching fat & protein intake
(7.2) Vitamin deficiency

8. **** How to find other information ****

(8.1) Information sources near your home
(8.2) Information sources on-line
(8.3) Information in print
(8.4) Contacting me


Subject: (0.1) Goal & Purpose of this FAQ

The goal and purpose of this FAQ is to give the reader accurate and
relevant information on the keeping of Sugar Gliders as pets. My hope
is that this FAQ will become a written medium for group discussion
on the proper care and maitenance of these wonderful creatures. If
you have any comments, criticisms, or suggestions I greet them with
open arms at


Subject: (0.2) Disclaimers

I am in no way claiming to be an expert on sugar gliders -- I am
not a vet or do I have any formal training in this area. What is
contained in this FAQ is information I have compiled based on my
own experience and research, as well as the experiences and
research of others. The information here is true to my knowledge,
but I do not in any way guarantee it零 facticity. My hope is that
the reader will find this material helpful and useful.


Subject: (0.3) How to get this FAQ

This FAQ can be found and obtained in the following 3 ways:
-In the newsgroups rec.pets (posted monthly)
-Mailing me at and asking.
The FAQ is in four parts, all of which should be available
wherever this part was located. Each part is important in it's
own way, and none should be completely overlooked.


Subject: (0.4) The Format of this FAQ

I have tried to adhere to digest format throughout this FAQ, in
order to make it as easy to read as possible. Each question begins
with a line of hyphens, followed by its number and the question
itself. In many unix newsreaders, such as rn, trn, and strn, CONTROL-G
can be used to jump to the next section. A particular section
can accessed immediately by searching for its number or for
words from the question. Also, cross-references to other questions
are denoted through the use of square brackets; for example, [2.3]
means that more information may be found on the noted topic in
section 2.3.


Subject: (0.5) Copyright and Redistribution Information

This compilation, which comprises four individual files as described
in the Table of Contents above, is copyright 1995 by Tim Hussey and
Ruth Grove. It may be freely distributed by electronic, paper, or other
means, provided that it is distributed in its entirety (all 4 files),
including this notice, and that no fee is charged apart from the actual
costs of distribution. (For-profit service providers such as Compuserve
and America Online are granted permission to distribute the files
provided that no additional fee beyond standard connection-time
charges is levied.)


Subject: (0.6) Credits and Acknowledgements

I would like to thank both Emily Rocke (Guinea Pig FAQ) and
Brian MacNamara (Hedgehog FAQ) for all their help with my
learning the FAQ-writing process, as well as the digest format.
Without their help, you might not be reading this now.

I also want to give much thanks to Ruth Grove (
for her information and correspondance. Much of the information
here was given to me directly from her and this FAQ would not have
been nearly as complete today without her. Her Sugar Glider homepage
can be found at, and I strongly
suggest that one goes there (mainly because her page is much better
than mine) (^:

Finally, I would like to thank the those writers who have written glider
articles for the Exotic Market Review (
atlantis/emr/) over the past year -- Linda Watkins, Dennis Quinter,
Kathy Keys, and Ann Dahl. Their information has been valuable beyond


== End of Part I ==
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