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How not to handle a Sugar Glider

How not to handle a Sugar Glider

Here is a list of things you should not do when you are handling a Sugar Glider!

1) Do not chase your glider around the inside of the cage.
2) Do not grab your suggie or press the glider up against the side of the cage in trying to pick your sugar glider up.
3) At first, do not reach over the top of your glider to pick them up.
4) Do not laugh at your glider loudly or talk loudly around them, or yell at them or raise your voice.
5) Do not chase your glider if they get loose outside of the cage unless they are headed toward life threatening danger.
6) Do not use any electrical appliance on the inside of the cage such as a heat rock or a heat lamp. The glider can chew the cord and get an electric shock.
7) Do not let your suggie play with any other animal species.
8) Do not let children play with nor grab your glider. Only let kids interact with the glider after it has calmed down and/or bonded with an adult first.
9) Do not take your suggie outside until it has become familiar with you and only then in a closed carrying pouch.
10) Do not have friends over to see your new pet since too many new faces and hands reaching for him/her will just scare your baby.
11) Do not bother your baby every five minutes because he/she is so cute you just have to look at the baby. Get your glider on a routine and stick to it.
12) DO NOT stick your thumb, finger or any object in your gliders mouth to stop them from biting. You could seriously injure your baby.
13) DO NOT press as hard as you can to try and stop the baby from crabbing or biting through your bonding pouch, sleeping pouch or carry pouch. The baby sugar glider is just scared and you could break the gliders spine or kill him/her because they are small and can be fragile.
14) Donít be scared of your baby. Be very calm!!
15) Donít make jerky or sudden movements with your hands.
16) Donít jump or yell if you get bit.
17) Try not to put your glider in the position of biting you. Donít push his/her limits so they have to protect themselves by lunging and biting your finger or hand.
18) Recognize when your glider may nip or bite and avoid doing the things that will cause your baby to bite. Do not take the bite.
19) Try not to scare your glider into crabbing at you, move slow enough that you donít scare the baby. He/she will probably crab at the beginning of bonding but learn what makes him/her crab and try to avoid making them crab. You want everything to be non threatening and calm when you interact with your new pet suggie.
20) When approaching a sugar glider at night when they are awake, do not move forward if your glider crabs, raises his/her hands or runs away from you. Just stop and be still until your baby relaxes.
21) Donít take a wild, scared sugar glider out of their cage for playtime. Wait until the suggie is used to you being around or until you can approach them at night and they arenít scared. The best way is to wait until they make the first move by coming toward you at night, this shows that they are starting to be interested in you and are not scared and running from you, but are curious about you.
22) Do Not pick your glider up by the head or by putting your hand around the gliders neck. Try to scoop them up or let them sort of walk up on your hand as you slide your hand, palm up, underneath them from the front, raising your hand up as they are climbing up and sliding your hand toward their rear end.
23) Donít use a suggie leash to keep your baby on you. It can damage their gliding membrane or injure their neck.
24) Donít pick your sugar glider by the tail, you can dislocate the cartilage in it or break it.

Written by: 1daddyglider1
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If you feel your glider is sick, please seek immediate veterinary assistance. The information on this page and in the correlating articles is for general educational purposes and is not intended to replace proper vet care. Please do not try to self-diagnose or self-treat your glider.
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