Choosing A Glider Breeder
Finding a reputable sugar glider breeder fairly close to you is not to difficult a task for most parts of the country. These are individuals who take on the responsibility of maintaining breeding sugar gliders and genuinely love the animals they are breeding. These animals are considered legal exotic pets in the U.S. and therefore have some unusual maintenance requirements. A responsible individual who oversees sugar gliders breeding will pass on their knowledge to prospective owners of gliders.
The USDA must license any sugar gliders breeding facility. If you are buying a glider from someone who owns more than three breeding animals, ask to see this USDA certification. Also, sugar gliders require an enormous amount of attention from their owners. A reputable breeder will ask you a lot of questions about the kind of home and environment you can provide for your pet. Be prepared by doing some research so you have some idea of how to answer.
These creatures do not do well as the only pet in a household. In the wild they live in small social groups and are usually only able to thrive if there is at least one other member of their species in the home. Responsible breeders will insist that you adopt them in pairs or, at the very least, prove that you are able to provide your pet with round the clock personal attention. Since this is such a sociable animal, beware of breeders that seem anxious to get rid of just one. Animals like this, that need to live with other animals, will not do well by themselves.
A good breeder will also be able to provide you with information about how to care for your glider(s). Additionally, they should be able to show you the parents; they should be healthy, well-adjusted and are a good indicator for healthy babies. Stay away from breeders that are trying to sell you gliders younger than 8 weeks old. Gliders do the best when they stay in their mother’s pouch for the first 8 weeks of their life.
Since sugar gliders are rising in popularity, there are decent breeders all over the country. Go online and search the more popular web sites for these animals. Many of these web site owners are happy to answer any and all emails about these pets. They are a great source of breeder information as well.
It’s always best to look for a local breeder. There are very few wild or domestic animals that can handle the stress of long distance shipping without getting sick and possibly dying. Asking local veterinarians in your area for referrals will also help in your search for the perfect glider pet. The price range for these animals is anywhere from $100-$600 depending on the location and reputation of the breeder. This is a lovely pet that is expensive and requires a fairly high amount of maintenance. Make sure the breeder you buy from is willing to continue communicating with you if you have any questions.