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Feeding Your Sugar Glider

Feeding Your Sugar Glider

Acceptable Food Items

  • Commercial diets prepared for sugar gliders

  • Artificial nectar mix (Leadbeater’s mixture)

  • Fruits (including apples, apricots, bananas, berries, cherries, grapes, melons, papaya, pears, plums, strawberries, dried fruits)

  • Vegetables (carrots, corn, sweet potatoes, others not considered dangerous)

  • Insects (mealworms, crickets)

  • Other protein (meat such as cooked turkey or chicken, boiled eggs, feeder mice)

  • Pure fruit juices (no sugar added)

  • Occasional treats (such as nuts)

Potentially Dangerous Food Items

  • Fruit with pits or seeds

  • Candy or chocolate

  • Coffee, tea, soda

  • Canned fruit

  • Cat food (limited quantities can be fed if necessary)

  • Nuts and seeds (can be fed as an occasional treat)

  • Crickets raised on corn mash, outdoor insects

  • Raw meats or eggs