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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'm Using a few methods, my Gliders or four months oop, I wear them around with the bonding bag a few hours a day for the last week. I've had them for three weeks now. I also saw a vet use the hand cupping method until they relax and fall asleep. I use that but I have stopped temporarily to make sure that was an excepted l method. They have drawn blood a couple of times not recently. My mail gently nips. And the female will try biting down harder, I handle them 2,3,4 times a day.
I put Lauren T-shirts of mine in the cage.
I actually had the mail in my shirt pocket today while I was wearing it for about an hour. They have plenty of toys plenty of areas to sleep a great variety of food. I just want to make sure that these methods or correct to ensure shrunk bonding
Any comments welcome thanks so much
Chris, Marshfield, MA
Posted: 9/13/2014 7:46:45 PM
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
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