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Sugar Glider Food Portion Sizes

Pay attention to the portion sizes you offer to sugar gliders.

By Audrey Pavia

Give your glider the following portions of food each day:
Food Portion 1: One tablespoon of fresh fruit, such as apple, kiwi, pear, banana, honeydew, papaya, grape, cantaloupe, watermelon, mango or blueberry. Wash fruit thoroughly to remove dirt and pesticides before offering them to sugar gliders.

Food Portion 2: One tablespoon of fresh or frozen vegetables, such as tomatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, shredded carrot, squash, or pumpkin, mixed sprouts, lettuce (not iceberg), broccoli or parsley. Wash vegetables thoroughly to remove dirt and pesticides before offering them to sugar gliders.
Food Portion 3: One tablespoon of nectar mix (i.e. Leadbeater's mix or other commercially prepared nectar mix for sugar gliders)

Food Portion 4: An unlimited amount of commercial pelleted sugar glider diet or insectavore/carnivore diet, available at all times. 

Food Portion 5:  Insects such as mealworms or other feeder worms, like earthworms or Phoenix worms, available at pet stores. Feed 10 to 12 small, 7 to 10 medium, or 3 to 5 large worms, 3 to 5 gut-loaded crickets per sugar glider per night. Sugar gliders also enjoy other insects such as beetles and grasshoppers. (Only gather insects from outdoors if you are completely certain no insecticides have been used in the area.) Uneaten insects that are still alive in the morning should be returned to their containers.

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All of these portions are daily or choose one of them daily? If I do all the food portion options daily is it all at once?
Miranda, Wichita, KS
Posted: 1/20/2013 6:02:44 PM
This information was very helpful, although I have read that if one's sugar glider eats all his/her food that one should add a little more until he/she has some over. Now, however, I am concerned that I am overfeeding as "Smokey" never leaves anything in the morning (unless it is peas, which he dislikes). My total serving of fruit, vegetables, & protein totals approximately 1/3 cup to 3/4 cup nightly. Is this too much?
Tonya, London, KY
Posted: 2/17/2011 6:06:38 PM
nice info
Ryan, Chicago, IL
Posted: 3/7/2009 4:59:40 AM
Great article. (This is what I was looking for, to prepare for my incoming glider.) -Yays, and thanks!
Cocoa and Cashew's owner, Not telling, BC
Posted: 2/7/2009 5:27:57 PM
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