Posted: March 31, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT
Healthy Sugar Gliders
Healthy sugar gliders have bright eyes, a moist pink nose, pink gums and patagium, the furred gliding membrane that stretches from the wrists to the ankles. They have good gripping ability with all four feet and good activity levels. Their fur is smooth and free of parasites. They have clear, smooth ear canals, good elasticity of the gliding membrane and a good appetite. Stools are firm and not loose.
Healthy sugar gliders sleep during the daylight hours and usually become active at dusk and stay active during the night. Healthy sugar gliders eagerly forage for food, climb, play and scurry about their enclosure.
Signs of Illness
Prolonged sleeping up to 16 hours a day
If you observe the following signs in your sugar glider, take it in to a veterinarian.
Reluctance to come out of the nest box
Refusal to climb or explore the enclosure
Not wanting to be handled
Weakness or dragging of hind limbs
Increased breathing rates
Thin body condition
White spots in the eyes
Discharge from eyes, nose, ears or genital area