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Introduction to Sugar Gliders

By Rosemary J. Booth, BVSc, Principal Conservation Officer, Department of Environment and Resource Management, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services

Sugar gliders originate from Australia and New Guinea.

Sugar gliders (scientific name Petaurus breviceps) are small marsupials, mammals that nurse their offspring in pouches on their stomachs. Kangaroos, koalas, opossums, bandicoots and wombats are also marsupials. These exotic pets come originally from Australia and New Guinea and were first brought to the United States in 1994.

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