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Sugar Gliders: Adorable, But a Huge Commitment

By joslyngray |

“Ooooh, Mom, we need one of these!”  That’s what my 11-year-old daughter had to say about sugar gliders, increasingly popular exotic pets native to Australia and New Guinea.

I need another thing to take care of like I need an extra hole in my head, but I agreed with my daughter that sugar gliders are incredibly cute. They are marsupials, not rodents, and they can glide like flying squirrels. Neat.

After doing some research, I get the appeal of sugar gliders. However, my verdict is that sugar gliders would be a terrible pet for our family. It seems like the kind of thing I’d like to visit at someone else’s house, but not actually own.

If you’re thinking about getting a sugar glider (or two–they’re very social), some great websites to check out are Glider and Sugar Glider Addicts Anonymous. They have tons of great info, and active message boards.

As with all pets, it’s important to do your research before making a commitment to taking care of another living thing. However, exotic pets come with all kinds of other issues, including legality, availability of veterinary care, and unique feeding requirements. Consider the following 12 questions before getting yourself a sugar glider!

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12 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Getting a Sugar Glider

Are sugar gliders legal where you live?

Before making the investment in a sugar glider, make absolutely sure they're legal in your state. According to Sugar Glider Addicts Anonymous, the animals are flat-out illegal in California, Hawaii, Alaska, and Massachusetts. Other states may allow them, but with restrictions. Pennyslvania, for example, regulates sugar gliders as exotic wildlife, and requires permits in order to sell or keep the animals.

(Photo Credit: Flickr/Garrett T)

(Photo Credit: Flickr/Garrett T)

Read more from Joslyn at Strollerderby and at her blog, stark. raving. mad. mommy. You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Joslyn Gray is the mother of four children with a variety of challenges ranging from allergies to ADHD to Asperger Syndrome. She writes candidly and comedically about this and her generally hectic life on her light-hearted personal blog, stark. raving. mad. mommy.. Read bio and latest posts → Read joslyngray's latest posts →

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