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A home for our Sugar Gliders:

One unique feature of our new home design is a habitat for our family of Sugar Gliders. This space opens out into the Sun-Room where the little animals will be let out to play in the evening.

The sugar glider (Petaurus breviceps) is a small arboreal marsupial that is found in the forests of Australia, as well as in Tasmania, New Guinea, and the neighboring islands of Indonesia. This little creature is a member of the same order that includes kangaroos, opossums, wombats and Tasmanian devils!

Sugar gliders are so named for their preference for sweet foods and their ability to glide through the air like a flying squirrel. They travel through the midnight tree tops by launching themselves into the air and transforming into a living kite by spreading out their sails of skin. They can make glides of over one hundred meters and use their long tails as rudders to control the direction of flight. They have even been known to snatch an insect out of the air in mid flight. This gliding is made possible by a thin membrane of skin called a patagium that extends between their front and back legs.

The sugar glider has very thick soft grey mink-like fur with a black stripe that runs the full length of the body in line with the spine. This black stripe extends up and over the top of the head. The last couple of inches of the tail are also black. The glider also has dramatic black markings on the face, legs and back. The sugar glider's head and body measures five to six inches with a bushy tail of equal length.
(Glider facts from )

Ours is a five-glider family. Twix and Azucar (Zukie) are the mom and dad.  Zippy, Zoe and Skittles are the boy and 2 girl siblings.  The images below show the family in group and individual settings. New images are added to the bottom of each column.  Click any thumbnail for a larger image. 
Scroll down further to see several short glider movies.
Groups Twix (Mother) Zukie (Father) Zip (Son)  Zoe (Daughter)  Skittles (Daughter #2)

Glider Movies: All these movies are AVI files, and they range in size from 3 to 5 MB.
Right-Click on the picture to start the download.

This movie shows little Zoe letting me play with her while she eats.  This is about the only time that gliders stand still (except when they're sleeping).

Sugar Glider Movie

Here we see Zukie, Zippy and Zoe hanging out on their shoe, having a snack of crickets.

Movie of mother and baby sugar glider

Here's baby Skitttles, trying to get a purchase on Mom's back  Skittles has only been out of the pouch (OOP) for about a week here.

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