Learn what a sugar glider is and about it’s Australian origin in this free pet care video on sugar glider ownership and care, taught by a sugar glider lover and caretaker.
This clip is about sugar gliders, what they are and where they come from. They are little marsupials that are native to Australia and are most related to the American possum, at least as far as we know. They are more related to other things in Australia. They are not rodents, so they don't eat nuts, they are "insectivores". They eat mostly insects, but they'll also eat gums, fruits and vegetables and tree saps and the like. They were introduced into the United States in the early 1990's and very slowly entered the pet trade. They are not considered domestic animals. They are still wild and only a few generations removed from their wild Australian counterparts. So when you get one of these guys, you're not getting a tamed fluffy hamster that has been in the pet store for the last thousand generations. These guys are fairly wild little creatures.