I just wanted to make a post. To kinda cover the basics of a good sugar glider diet. I am seeing posts of poor diets, dangerous snacks, and getting a lot of diet related questions. Feel free to continue to ask me any questions you have, I would love to help you!
In captivity, sugar gliders do not need as much energy since they do not spend half of their day foraging and running and leaping between the trees. Instead, they need a lower fat and lower carb diet that will keep them in the correct nutrients for a healthy life. (Gliderpedia)
A recommended Sugar Glider Diet consists of three parts:
- A serving of fruits
- A serving of veggies
- A serving of the staple mix
And ALL three of these parts are to be fed EVERY NIGHT.
A staple is when you mix certain ingredients in the blender and freeze it. Then it will become the consistency of ice cream. Then you scoop out a little each day. A good staple provides protein, calcium, and other essential nutrients.
When you feed a good diet, there is no need to add extra vitamins or calcium in powder form.
Some of the more popular staples are:
- Original High Protein Wombaroo (OHPW)
- Leadbeater’s Formula
- Bourbon’s Modified Leadbeater’s (BML)
- Pricsilla Price’s Diet (aka Sugar Glider Exotic Diet)
- LGRS Suggie Soup
You can read about them here: http://www.sugarglider.com/gliderpedia/index.asp?Diet
What fruits and veggies you can feed and the portions are dependent on which diet staple you choose. While it is true that you need to watch Calcium to Phosphorus levels (Ca:P) when choosing fruits and veggies, it is not nearly as important as getting a good staple.
For Example: I feed Original HPW from The Pampered Glider. Each night I serve 1 teaspoon of OHPW mix, 1 tablespoon of fruits, 1 tablespoon of veggies PER GLIDER every night.
Some effects of a poor diet include:
- Hind Leg Paralysis
- Cracked Fur
- Low Energy
- Many, many illnesses and internal issues
To see some before and after pictures follow this link: http://www.sugarglider.com/gliderpedia/index.asp?BadDietBeforeAndAfterPictures
Pellets are not recommended for a proper sugar glider diet, although as long as they are eating their proper meal, there is nothing wrong with keep a handful in their cage. Just in case.
Baby food is not part of a diet. It is okay to feed them some baby food every so often. We call that a “Junk Food Night”. Just make sure there is no salt, sugar or other additives in the food. In addition you can feed hard boiled eggs, chicken and other meats as long as they are not made was seasonings, but it is not a substitute for a good staple.
Ruhbarb, Chocolate, Onion, and Garlic are all toxic to sugar gliders. Along those lines it is not a good idea to feed gliders pizza, chicken nuggets (or any other fast food) or meat that has been seasoned.
Again, this was a super brief overview for a general understanding. Everyone is entitled to feed their pet what they want. These guidelines have been developed and followed successfully for many years.
If you would like some help getting on a proper diet, or if you have questions please feel free to ask.