Sugar Gliders and The Benefits of Pet Ownership
A pet is a best friend like no other. We have seen plenty of stories where pets, both traditional and exotic, have attacked their owners. However, from experience, this seems to be the exception, not the rule. So, what are the benefits of owning a pet? Is an exotic animal right for you? What should you expect?
An exotic pet is defined as a non-traditional pet. In short, anything that is not a traditionally domestic small rodent, fish, cat, dog, reptile, or bird is an exotic animal. Chances are, you know someone with either a hedgehog or sugar glider that they love and adore.
Today, we are going to take a closer look at a popular exotic pet: sugar gliders.
These adorable little creatures are native to Australia and one of the most popular exotic pets. Sugar Gliders have a gliding membrane, similar to those of Flying Squirrels, and are able to glide through the air. In the wild, they live in colonies of ten to fifteen gliders. These animals weigh about six ounces and live for about fifteen years, on average. The benefits of having sugar gliders include the love they can offer, their intelligence, long life - with proper care- great companionship, and their loyalty. Your glider must have a minimum of one hour of your day every day. Gliders are easy to bond with, as long as you're devoted, and can devote a minimum of one hour daily to them. As for training, a true glider owner would tell you gliders train us. We have had multiple pairs of gliders that were wild or aggressive when we got them and it usually takes at least a month to tame them.
Sadly, with any other animal, many sugar gliders are abandoned and mistreated by their owners. However, this can be prevented. What should you do if you have a pet that you do not want? First, never release an exotic pet into the wild. They can spread disease, become an invasive species, and cause a multitude of problems. Instead, contact the SPCA or local authorities. Also, search for rescue organizations and events in your area. For example, a few days ago, the Miami Zoo gave pet owners the chance to surrender their pets without penalties or questions.Continued on the next page