A home for our Sugar Gliders:
The sugar glider (Petaurus breviceps) is a small arboreal marsupial that is found in the forests of Australia, as well as in Tasmania, New Guinea, and the neighboring islands of Indonesia. This little creature is a member of the same order that includes kangaroos, opossums, wombats and Tasmanian devils!
Sugar gliders are so named for their preference for sweet foods and their ability to glide through the air like a flying squirrel. They travel through the midnight tree tops by launching themselves into the air and transforming into a living kite by spreading out their sails of skin. They can make glides of over one hundred meters and use their long tails as rudders to control the direction of flight. They have even been known to snatch an insect out of the air in mid flight. This gliding is made possible by a thin membrane of skin called a patagium that extends between their front and back legs.
The sugar glider has very thick soft grey mink-like fur with a black
stripe that runs the full length of the body in line with the spine. This black
stripe extends up and over the top of the head. The last couple of inches of the
tail are also black. The glider also has dramatic black markings on the face,
legs and back. The sugar glider's head and body measures five to six inches with
a bushy tail of equal length.
Ours is a five-glider family. Twix and
Azucar (Zukie) are the mom and dad. Zippy, Zoe and Skittles are the boy and
siblings. The images below show the family in group and individual
settings. New images are added to the bottom of each column. Click any thumbnail for a larger image.
All these movies are AVI files, and they range in size from 3 to 5 MB.
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