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Sugar Glider Nest Boxes

Provide nest boxes for sugar gliders to build nests in.

By Audrey Pavia

You can offer your sugar glider plastic, wicker or wooden nest boxes, although plastic boxes are easiest to keep clean.  Nest boxes intended for small birds are generally suitable for sugar gliders.

A sleeping pouch can be provided instead of or in addition to a nest box. Sugar gliders love sleeping pouches, which are usually made from fleece or another soft, natural material.  If you provide a sleeping pouch, be sure to check it often for loose seams or threads.  

Place nest boxes and sleeping pouches high up in the cage to help a sugar glider feel more secure in them.

When choosing bedding for a sugar glider’s nest area, avoid aromatic woods or shavings such as cedar or nonkiln-dried pine. Recycled paper and aspen pellets are safest.  
Provide two to three nest boxes or pouches per sugar glider. If you have more than two sugar gliders housed together, you can have just one nest box or pouch per sugar glider.

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Do not breed gliders that are related, siblings or anything even remotely close to be related. You could end up with some serious issues health wise! You wouldn't want to date one of your siblings, that may be the very thought in their little heads and could be why they have not mated.
A.C., Roanoke, VA
Posted: 6/19/2012 12:34:12 PM
Sugar gliders enjoy sleeping in pouches high in the cage. They are "tree" dwellers in the wild and rarely go down to the forest floor. They glide from tree to tree and nest in tree "hollows". There cage should be tall as they are most comfy at high levels. Always have at least 2 gliders as they are "colony" animals.
Joan, Myrtle Beach, SC
Posted: 6/14/2012 6:21:59 PM
good info
Erica, Denton, TX
Posted: 5/12/2012 12:07:02 PM
My Sugar Gliders are brother and sister....from the same litter. Is is okay to breed them? And why haven't they; they are almost two years old.
Tammy, Houston, TX
Posted: 4/18/2012 9:29:47 AM
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