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Aggressive Sugar Glider Behavior

Know what to do if a sugar glider bites.

By Audrey Pavia

Sugar gliders are naturally fearful of humans, even hand-reared sugar gliders. Sugar gliders tend to bond with one person but can learn to recognize other people and tolerate handling.

Sugar gliders bite if they haven’t bonded well with their handler, are afraid or are feeling stressed.

If you or someone else is bitten or nipped, do not put the sugar glider down. This teaches your pet that biting ends handling. Instead, gently roll the sugar glider up by putting its face toward its stomach and hold it quietly without movement until the sugar glider settles down. Cup the sugar glider with both hands until it relaxes and goes to sleep. Avoid quick, jerky movements as this will only excite the sugar glider more.

Handle your sugar glider daily so it becomes used to being held and is less likely to bite.

If a sugar glider nips you often, handle it wearing a pair of cloth gloves. Avoid wearing white gloves as these might frighten a sugar glider.

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I have 2 three year old female gliders, born and raised together. I adopted them 6 months ago and am still unable to handle one of them without getting bitten. I've tried all the usual trick with no success. Now, if I put my hand near the sleep hammock, she not only crabs, but actually lunges for me. I've had enough. Her sister is sweet and loving, never an issue. Ideas?
Cathy, Milton, DE
Posted: 4/24/2014 5:58:29 PM
Naturally Sugar Glider's are aggressive when they are not bonded to you, it takes time, patience and persistence during the bonding process, continue to offer treats on your hand while petting it in time you will see that your Sugar Glider will be less agressive i hope this helps you !
SAL, Columbia, SC
Posted: 1/30/2014 7:00:32 AM
I just bought a female sugar glider who is 8-9 weeks old. When I first got her, she went underneath my jacket and feel asleep. Couple hrs later she woke up and started making a noise and started snapping at me tryin to bite me. It has been going on for a couple days now and it's not all the time. She'll lick yogurt off of my finger and even take snacks out of my fingers but when I don't have any of those and I go to get close to her, she snaps at me. I'm gonna try what it said to above but I was wondering if anyone else has had this problem and see what worked for them.
Tiffany, Bardstown, KY
Posted: 1/16/2014 3:00:54 PM
I just recently got two sugar gliders a male and a female (brother and sister) I know they are not bonded with me yet. The male is very aggressive and will draw blood if you try to come toward either of them. The female on the other hand is more relaxed a quiet and will let you handle her. (If you can get past the male. Her pouch is open and I don't know if that matters or not but I'm thinking she is probably pregnant. Does her pouch stay open or only if she has joey/joeys in it? How do I get where I can touch my male without him lounging at me and making me bleed?
Heather, destin, FL
Posted: 7/12/2013 9:52:58 AM
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