Weird Nature Reasons Why Sugar Gliders Should Not Be Pets  

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Sugar gliders are super cute marsupials named for their predilection for sweet foods and their ability to glide through the air. Because they're so adorable, many people are tempted to take one home. But are sugar gliders good pets? Unfortunately, they're actually pretty bad, and you should think twice before adopting one.

There are a whole bunch of reasons why you shouldn't get a sugar glider. If you're considering it, read this list of sugar glider facts before you run out to the pet store. You might end up deciding that you don't need to feed live insects to an animal that bites you when you try to touch it. If you do decide to bring a sugar glider into your home, at least you'll you know what you're getting into.

They Have A Super Strict Diet That's Not Sold In Pet Stores


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Because sugar gliders are exotic pets, you can't just go to a pet store and pick up some kibble the way you could with a cat or a dog. To feed a sugar glider, you can make homemade, artificial nectar, which is fine if you have the time. But let's be honest, a lot of us aren't even putting that much effort into making dinner for ourselves.

Nectar isn't enough, though - sugar gliders also need protein, which they get from eating live insects. If you have a sugar glider, you're probably going to have to keep live insects in your house. You also have to watch their calcium intake. How do you feed them calcium? By first feeding it to the aforementioned live insects. Not worth it.

They Can't Be Potty-Trained


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Unlike dogs and cats, you can't train sugar gliders to go to the bathroom in a specific location - be it outside or in a litter box. While some sources claim sugar gliders are naturally clean, others claim the exact opposite, so it probably depends on your individual glider. If you end up with a messy one, you're going to be dealing with a lot more poop than you might be prepared for. 

They Bark In The Middle Of The Night


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Do you enjoy sleeping through the night? If so, you probably don't want to keep a sugar glider in your house. While the squeaky clown noises these little guys make might seem cute at first, they aren't so cute when they're echoing down the hall at 3 am and you have to go to work in the morning. If you value your shut-eye, don't get a sugar glider.

It Can Take Months For Them To Get Along With Other Pets - That Is, If They Can Bond At All


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If you have other pets, you should probably give up on the sugar glider thing right now. While it's technically possible for sugar gliders to get along with other animals, the bonding process can take several months, and it may not work at all. If you already have a loving pet in your household, think carefully about whether it's worth the effort, or the risk of injury.