Q&A: Does it matter what age you are to own a sugar glider?

When To Get A Sugar GliderQ: I am thinking about getting a sugar glider, but I have some questions.  Do you need to get two gliders, because we went to a pet store and he said you need to get two, because apparently they could easily die of depression!

A: You do not need to get two gliders if you have enough time to devote to a single glider, but it is better to get two.  I have one sugar glider, but I have to spend a lot of time bonding with her.  Please read my advice for a first-time sugar glider owner, in which I discuss how to decide whether to get one or two gliders.

Q: Can you train them to stay on you, some say bonding is just having them with you is that true?

A: Yes, you can train them to stay with you, but you should also allow them time to play and explore the environment.  Please read my post on the best way to let your sugar glider out of the cage for more information.  Play time is also an important part of bonding.  Please read my post on sugar glider bonding for more information.

Q: Does it matter what age you are? I’m a sixth grader, but my parents think that I might not be responsible, what is the recommended age for owning one? Thanks a ton, brit

A: Sugar gliders can make great pets for people of all ages.  What I would ask a younger person such as yourself is how much are your parents willing to help?  Sugar gliders are definitely a large responsibility.  Not only do you need to have the proper finances for them (buying a glider, cage, paying for vet appointments and food), but you need to have the TIME for them.

As a 6th grader, your life is going to change a lot over the next 10-15 years, which is the lifespan for a sugar glider in captivity.  You need to be certain you are willing to commit to a glider for that long.  Your glider/s will need the proper time and attention to live a happy life.  Are you ready for this commitment?  Perhaps you can spend the next month evaluating how you spend your time and if you really would be able to wear/play with your glider as much as needed.

I’d like also to share with you my own decision to get a glider and how it has worked out for me over the last 5 years.  I was a student in college and I spent a lot of time (day and night) studying.  This was kind of lonely for me and I thought I could use a friend.  I got my sugar glider, and as I thought, she was a perfect companion.  I took her to class with me during the day while she slept, and at night she ran around my room while I studied.

Since I’ve had Pokey, I’ve worked at different jobs, changed my school schedule, and moved to a different state.  Even when my life changes, Pokey’s needs remain the same.  It was very hard on her when I started working full time.

If I didn’t know I’d be going back to school, I might have gotten her another sugar glider friend to keep her company.  Now I’m back in school and I have more time for her, but eventually I’m going to have to go back to work.  I believe at some point down the road, I will need to get her a friend.  It isn’t fair to leave her home for 9-10 hours a day with no company.

So, another thing I would ask you is do you see yourself being able to care for a single glider properly?  Or would it be better to have two gliders?  Two gliders may be double the responsibility, but if you don’t have to worry about always being able to wear your glider and play with it, might it be worth it to you to have two?

This is an important decision to make so I would think about it seriously before you make any decisions.  Talk with your parents some more about how much they are willing to help and what kind of things they expect from you.

Who is going to clean the cage?  Who will feed the gliders at night?  How will you get to the store to buy mealworms, fruit, vegetables, etc.?  Who is going to take the glider to the vet if necessary and pay for the bills?  I would say, with help from your parents, you should be able to care for a glider or gliders, but it might be a little too much responsibility on your own.

Please let me and the readers out there know what you decide, and how it goes.  Good luck!

UPDATE: I have recently added a second glider.  I did not have enough time to devote to my single glider and she became very lonely.  The biggest problem was when I had to travel, she would start over grooming from the stress and got a lot of bald spots.  I decided adding a second glider would be best, but it has not been easy bonding the two of them.  I am still going through the process and will be blogging about it.


  1. how long does it take to bond with a sugar glider

    • There is no clear answer on how long it takes to bond with a sugar glider because all gliders have unique personalities. Some are quicker to befriend you and others are more timid and shy. The personality, age, and where you got your glider from all play into the process, but your own attitude and commitment towards the bonding process is also a critical factor.

      Some gliders will bond to you instantly, while other gliders may take more time. Practically, you should expect the bonding process to take about one moth. It may happen sooner, say within the first week, depending on the age of your glider and whether it was hand tamed before you got it. It could also take as long as 3 to 5 months. The older the glider and the less it was handled, the less likely you are to bond quickly.

      Being persistent and consistent is very important during the bonding process. Be patient and stick with it if it is taking longer than you expected.

  2. Where is the best place to buy a sugar glider? Ive been doing research and Ive found information on them but havent found a place to buys them? What is the most trustworthy place? And whats the average price for one, im planning on getting one because it will be over the summer so ill have time to give it attention.

    • The best place to get sugar gliders are from rescues or from responsible breeders. The cost depends on different factors. Some rare colors can be very expensive. I’d say the average price from a breeder would be $150 – $200.

  3. Hi, I just wanted to know if this kind of situation would be different in my kind of perspective.I’m in year 8 and our school runs for 6 hours and 30 minutes plus 40 minutes to get from my place to school and back home again. I always stay indoors after school except weekends with the occational visit to my friend down the street. Would it be easier for me or harder?

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