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GliderVet # 97: Glider Sitter during Vacation; Corn is a Four Letter Word; Mealworms: Too Much of a Good Thing?

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Greetings Glider Groupies, Glider Newbies and Glider Wanna-bes! Welcome to the March 2010 edition of the GliderVet News. Sorry we’re a bit late getting the newsletter to you this month, but boy oh boy, we’ve had a lot going on.

Of course, we each had a turn at the flu bug this month, but that didn’t slow us down. What did slow us down was our color glider expansion this month. We’ve just added leucistic and platinum gliders to our color breeding program (see all the various glider colors here) and they already have joeys out of pouch!

So if our color choices have been too limited for you in the past, check us out now! We also have a white tipped baby available this month, so if you’ve been waiting for this elusive color to show up, just contact me. She will be ready to go to a new home in about two weeks!

We also attended the Global Pet Expo, a giant show with over 800 suppliers to the pet industry. These events target mostly the cat and dog business, since there are so many of these pets out there. And while I love dogs, I’m glad to be home because if I have to look at one more uniquely designed pooper scooper, I think I may just have to scream! But there were also a lot of small animal vendors at the show and we did find a good number of new products we will be bringing in for testing and review. We’ll let you know how some of these turn out in the upcoming months!

Now with all this stuff happening and this month quickly coming to a close, we asked our Chief Executive Glider if he could pull the weight this month. Much to my delight, Arnold has agreed to write the whole newsletter, so read on as Arnold covers his favorite topic: FOOD! Bur first a favorite of most of us two leggers: Vacation!

Please remember that this newsletter is intended to express the wishes of the whole sugar glider community. Every article published in this newsletter is a result of someone just like you taking the time to write us with thoughts, ideas, stories and questions. Send your comments to us here.

If you ever want to find earlier issues of GliderVet News, you can access our archives here. Fun pics of sugar gliders sent in by our customers are found here. If you are looking for sugar glider tested and approved products, check out our ever expanding store here.

Are you new to sugar gliders or just in the early stages of trying to decide if one is right for you? Questions you can ask yourself to help make this very important and long term decision are here.

A very confusing area for those considering glider ownership (and for some current owners too!) is diet. See what our vet has to say here. And if you decide that a sugar glider (or two!) would become future members of your household, then you might want to check out Arnold's great deals on starter kits, with or without cages.

Glider Sitter during Vacation
by Arnold!

Hi SunCoast,

I have 2 gliders and I'm going on a 2 week trip in May. I have someone who will come in once each day to care for them, but I would rather leave them with a family that has gliders. Can you supply me with names or email addresses of owners in my area? We're going out of the country so I can't take them along like we do when traveling by car.


Hi S.M.,

So sorry, but me can't really do that. Our customers and contacts are protected by our privacy policy. Usually the best way to make contacts like that is on the message boards like Glider Central or Glider Gossip. But methinks having someone come to your home is fine. Yer 2 gliders have each other to meet their social needs, so they don't really need people around. Strange people are not going to fill any void really, only their "regular" people. Stick with the house sitter and they should be fine. The only time me might hear of real problems (other than something irresponsible by the house sitter) is with single kept gliders (we can go a bit beserk when left alone).

Enjoy your trip!
(Arnold T. Schwarzenglider)

Corn is a Four Letter Word
By Arnold

Dear Arnold,

I'm confused about certain foods and whether they are OK to feed sugar gliders. In particular, I see people talking about feeding them corn, and I see that some of the manufactured glider foods use corn in them - even as the main ingredient!

Also, a vet said this:

For example, carrots and corn are both vegetables, but they have significantly different food and vitamin values when consumed. Carrots are rich in vitamin A, which is very good for your sugar glider when offered in the right form and amounts. Corn, on the other hand, has a high phosphorus ratio and too much of this vegetable can actually elevate disease opportunity in your pet.

But actually, corn is NOT a vegetable, it's a grain, which raised a question in my mind about this vet's research / knowledge. I'm not trying to be a jerk, I'm just making an observation, while looking for definitive answers for my darling little fuzzies on what all is OK to feed them. Please help!

Dear B,

Yers is one of me favorite emails all month! Me don’t think youz a jerk! Me luvs ya for bringing up such a fun topic.

First off, yer right! Corn is a grain!

But the vet is right too! Corn is a veggie!

And now me says corn is really a fruit …. Did you know that?

Me knows me corn facts and actually corn has the qualities of a vegetable and a grain and a fruit ...

Since most people call corn a vegetable (and its sold in the veggie section of the grocery store), we're fine with calling it such around here ... But we also like all the facts ... Like youz do!

And after all this and what is it, please don’t feed corn. Me gets sad to say this cuz me tasted the niblets and fell in love, but its so not good for us! For more on the whole phosphorus issue with sugar gliders (actually, it's the Calcium to Phosphorus Ratio that's critical to understand), see this newsletter article:

Calcium to Phosphorus Ratios in Food

and for more on what you probably should not feed your gliders, see this article:

What NOT to Feed

And B, you totally rock!

Next month, we’ll tackle tomatoes! Fruit or vegetable?

The corniest sugar glider in the world
Mealworms: Too much of a good thing?
by Arnold

Dear Arnold,

I’m really confused about the diet. Some people talk about feeding their sugar gliders mealworms and some websites say never to feed bugs. Some people feed bugs every day and some people say you shouldn’t do it every day. It seems like the more I read online, and even in books, the more confused I get!

Can you help me figure this out?

Dear Jerome,

Yer not alone! Me newsletter has been going strong for 97 months now 'cuz lots of peeps are confused about glider care stuff and you came to the right place to get it all cleared up.

Now we suggies luv us a good mealie worm! After all, we are classified insectivore / gummivore, which means we eat insects in the wild (when they are plentiful) and we eat tree gum, sap and manna when the bugs are not around. So ya see, given the choice, bugs is what we want to eat first. So, doesn’t it make sense this is what you should feed us too? Ya really can’t ask us to be 'sumptin different than what the Mother of all Nature made us, right?

But while we suggies luv us a good mealie worm, some of us are really health conscious, like me! So lemme make this simple for you. Mealworms to suggies are like red meat to hoomans! In 'nuther words, maybe not something you should eat twice a day, every day 'cuz it’s a bit high in fat, but once or twice a week should be OK.

There are other proteins besides mealie worms that are yummy to us and good fer us too! My suggested weekly diet consists of other proteins like crickets, boiled chicken, boiled eggs and yogurt. Me likes em all! Moderation is our motto! Too much of a good thing is no longer a good thing!

Yours in Food,


'Til next time, in good health for you and your gliders, we sign off in appreciation of all of you who share great glider adventures with us!

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