Sugar gliders are omnivores, more specifically preferential insectivores sometimes called gummivore. Gummivores eat a lot of bugs, not just tree gums and gummivores are NOT the same thing as sapsuckers as often cited on other websites. Those folks are just a bit confused about the scientific definition of gummivore.
These farm-raised grasshoppers are retorted (cooked in the can). This unique cooking process locks in the flavor, freshness and natural juices. The exoskeleton is softened for easier digestibility. You will be amazed how readily your animals will take to this food.
Canning has many advantages including less preservatives and binders meaning that your sugar gliders receive more usable food materials in every meal. And the extended shelf life (un-opened) of this product is two years! Exo Terra Labs, manufacturer of this fine product, tests all food products through a strict six month process.
Extra Large Hoppers are giants with 8 - 10 in a can.
Younger gliders may find the Medium size easier to deal with, though there's noting quite as funny as seeing a glider of any age totin' around and tearing into a giant hopper! We call hopper night flying leg night, because my guys do tear into them, any size and the legs are a flyin everywhere. My relatives at a crawfish boil are the closest thing I've seen to this food flinging event.
SunCoast Sugar Gliders does not recommend this product or any product as a single source of nutrition for your pet. Exo Terra Grasshoppers is a good source of protein to fill sugar glider needs of 40-50% protein in their diet. In addition to protein sources, we recommend servings of fresh fruits and veggies along with a high quality staple food like Wholesome Balance.
Ingredients: Farm Raised grasshoppers (Phymateus Saxosus)
Crude Protein, min, 18.7%
Crude Fat, min, 2.6%
Crude Fiber, max, 4.6%
Crude Ash, max, 2%
Moisture content, max, 72%
Feeding Instructions: Offer your sugar glider 5 - 8 Medium grasshoppers per serving. This product must be refrigerated after opening. A plastic lid is included to make storage easy! For best results, use within 1 week or freeze unused portion. Frozen bugs should be fed as soon as they thaw. This product may be fed to gliders of any age. Baby sugar gliders may not eat them right away, but one day, they will get the taste for them, and boy oh boy, you better have a good supply on hand!
Grasshoppers have a very low fat content and could be fed every day, but variety is the spice of life and sugar gliders, just like us peoples, enjoy a change in up diet! It's stimulating and enriching to sugar gliders to get different foods offered on a nightly basis.
Want to save money? Buy a Six Pack! You save 75 cents per can buy buying in bulk!