When one of my friends told me she had a sugar glider, I admittedly had no idea what she was talking about. She sent me a picture, and totally intrigued, I decided to learn more about these little creatures. And when I say little, I really mean little. Here are just a few things I learned about them that I found superinteresting.
- Sugar gliders are marsupials. They aren't rats! They're related to kangaroos.
- Their gliders are like parachutes. The membranes are from wrist to ankle and open up to slow their descent.
- Babies are called joeys. Just like kangaroos, they carry their young in a pouch.
- They live in trees. And they try to never touch the ground. They never need to!
- Sugar gliders are tiny! Full-size sugar gliders only weigh about 4 ounces.
- They're nocturnal. They're active at night and sleep during the day. Their large eyes allow them to see better in the dark.
- Sugar gliders are very social animals. They live in groups of at least seven and band together to defend their territory whenever needed.
- Gestation is just 16 days for these little animals. Once the babies are born, they go into their mothers' pouches to develop further.
- Sugar gliders can live up to nine years in the wild and up to 12 years in captivity.