Sugar Glider Adoption

Sugar Glider AdoptionWhen thinking about sugar glider adoption, you should first check to see if they are legal in your state. Click here to find out what states legally allow sugar gliders.

When you are ready for the sugar glider adoption process, there are two good options of where to get them.  First, you can look at a sugar glider rescue to see if there are any gliders in need of a new home. Second, you can look for a local breeder that has a good reputation. Spend some time researching them online to make sure they are responsible and care for their gliders properly.

I got mine at an exotic pet store for $150, but I would not recommend getting a glider at a pet store. I learned later on that many pet stores get gliders from mills. It can also be harder for some sugar gliders to make the transition from store to home because pet stores are usually loud and scary for the small prey, and it can cause them to be depressed.  Depending on how well you care for your glider, it can be a challenge to bond with them when taking them from this frightening environment.

Pet stores are also not the best because they are usually closed in the evening when gliders need attention. Young gliders need daily interaction, and they will most likely be neglected at night when they are most active. Getting a glider who has not been handled a lot can be challenging. Over time, my sugar glider has gotten better at letting me hold her, but in the beginning, she would scratch and try to bite me.

You will need to decide if you are going to have a single sugar glider or two or more.  I made the decision to have one sugar glider because I was told by the guy at the exotic pet store where I got her that one makes a better pocket pet than two. However, I now realize this was not good advice. Gliders who live alone for their entire life are not likely to thrive because they are colony animals and need companions.

I would caution you against getting only one glider. If you do plan on having one sugar glider, you must be willing to make time for him/her, both during the day and at night.  2-3 hours a day is the minimum amount of time you should spend together, but really they like companionship 24 hours a day, so the longer you can spend with them, the better.

If you decide to have two or more, they will generally keep each other company and aren’t as susceptible to depressive self-mutilation as a single glider. The biggest problem with my glider occurs whenever I have to travel. She over grooms if I am gone for a long stretch, even though I make sure she is taken care of by a good babysitter. I am now looking into getting a companion for her.


  1. Kelsie Stalford says:

    I am looking for a free sugar glider.

    • I don’t know how easy it would be to find a free glider. Usually rescues have adoption fees, but they would usually be cheaper than buying from a breeder. Check craigslist to see if anybody is trying to find a good home for a glider that they cannot care for anymore.

  2. Hi, do you know if it is legal to have a pet sugar glider in Australia?

  3. Looking for a pair of sugar gliders, found pair on craigslist but they act as if they don’t want to sell them, still very attached.

  4. Hi. I would love to adopt a sgrglder.tq.

  5. I’m looking for a pair of gliders to adopt but cant find any and I need help.

  6. Emely sun says:

    I would really want a sugar glider that is free and that is close to Oregon at least and I have done a lot of research about the almost everyday

  7. Sarah Hein says:

    I would love to adopt two suger gliders. My husband raised 2 in early 2000s. We’ve began looking for while for good pair.

  8. I bought two gliders a male and female. I was told they were babies. ( a lie) The male had been fixed. I was not told that. Later I got more information from another glider owner. Males can’t be fix until six months old. I also discovered I shouldn’t have put them together right away. I was suppose to have waited until after each one was bonded to a person then put them together. I was given a lot of wrong information about food. They are to have very little grain They need calcium, fruit, vegs, and they like chicken for protein. I get the chicken in the baby food and put it on a slice of apple. I was told not to feed them bugs because it will make them stink. That is true. I was also told they don’t bite. (a lie) If frighten they will bite the blood out of you. I lost one of mine to pour diet. So be careful what you feed them. They really like yogurt..

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