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Diet

There are many commercial diet supplements available.

Happy Glider Food by Pet-Pro is a complete nutritional food source essential for growth, maintenance, and reproduction.

All basic diets need to be supplemented with fruits, vegetables, and you still need to provide protein based food sources such as mealworms, crickets, grasshoppers, boiled chicken, turkey, eggs and other low fat/high protein food sources.

The list of fruits is extensive and includes, apple, watermelon, cantaloupe, date, fig, grapes, kiwi, mango, melons, papaya, peach, pear, persimmon,  plum , and all berries to name a few.  Frozen fruits are acceptable.   The sweeteners added to canned fruits will not be good for the health of your pet. 

Tomatoes, pineapple, oranges,  lemons, limes, tangerines, clementines, and grapefruits will only upset their tummies. Why offer your glider something that will make them ill when there is such a variety of fruits available to choose from.  Dried fruits used as treats are OK to give to your glider, just don't over do it as they are highly concentrated sugars.

Never offer onion , garlic, scallions, leeks, chives, or anything that has been seasoned with them.  This includes baby foods and other prepared items.  This can cause a hemolytic anemia.  (Destroys blood cells)  Coffee, tea, chocolate and soda pop and all artificial ingredients, including  artificial sweeteners are toxic to Sugar Gliders.

It is extremely important to make sure your glider has an ample amount of fresh water at all times.  They can dehydrate very quickly.

The occasional canned fruit (low or no sugar added) will not be a major problem as a treat.  Most veggies are ok for your glider. They especially like sweet potato, *corn, carrots, cucumbers, etc. Experiment on your pet for his/her likes and dislikes. *Corn does not provide a large amount of nutritional value to your Glider, but they love it on the cob or prepared from frozen niblets.   Avocado is high in fat and contains toxins known as cardiac glycosides.  Peach, Plum, Nectarine and Cherry seeds  contain extremely potent toxins.  Apple seed are deadly to your Gliders.  Kiwi seeds will not harm your pet.  

Never offer RAW meats or eggs.

Gliders are said to be lactose intolerant, but the correct term is lactase deficiency.   No milk, cheese, butter or ice cream should be given to them.
However, yogurt is a cultured product and will NOT HARM your glider.
Do not offer it as a dinner item, but only as a treat, as it will spoil quickly.

A healthy glider diet consists of about 75% protein, and 25% fruits and vegetables and about a 2:1 overall calcium to phosphorous ratio.  (See charts below)

Many people are still feeding Sugar Gliders cat food in spite of research indicating cat food may cause intestinal blockage or renal (kidney) failure. Cats are strictly carnivores and Sugar Gliders are *insectivore/**omnivores. *insects make up a large portion of their diet. **they eat a variety of foods.

If you are feeding your Sugar Glider cat food, please stop and feed them food that is beneficial to them.

As long as Sugar Gliders are given a proper diet and care, they are extremely resilient and healthy.

Good Calcium sources

food: 1 cup

calcium

phosphorus

Cap ratio

Collards

148 mg

19 mg

10:1

Rhubarb

105 mg

17 mg

10:1

Yellow Wax Beans

174 mg

34 mg

5:1

Papaya

72 mg

16 mg

5:1

Turnip Greens

106 mg

24 mg

5:1

Chinese Cabbage

74 mg

26 mg

3.3:1

Dandelion Greens

104 mg

36 mg

3.3:1

Parsley

122 mg

38 mg

3.3:1

Kale

98 mg

36 mg

2.5:1

Beet Greens

164 mg

58 mg

2.5:1

Cabbage

32 mg

16 mg

2.5:1

Watercress

40 mg

20 mg

2:1

Chard

102 mg

58 mg

2:1

Dark Green Leaf Lettuce

28 mg

14 mg

2:1

Spinach

56 mg

28 mg

2:1

Endive

23 mg

14 mg

1.7:1

Blackberries

46 mg

30 mg

1.7:1

Moderate Calcium Sources

food: 1 cup

calcium

phosphorus

Ca:P ratio

Grapes

13 mg

9 mg

1.4:1

Cabbage (inside leaves)

46 mg

34 mg

1.4:1

Turnips

36 mg

30 mg

1.3:1

Green Beans

58 mg
48 mg
1.3:1
Radish
24 mg
20 mg
1.3:1
Eggplant
30 mg
26 mg
1.3:1
Okra
100 mg
90 mg
1.1:1
Apples
10 mg
10 mg
1.1:1
Cantaloupe
17 mg
27 mg
1.1:1
Pineapple
11 mg
11 mg
1:1
Mango
21 mg
22 mg
1:1

 Poor Calcium sources

food: 1 cup
calcium
phosphorus
Ca:P ratio
Pears
15 mg
18 mg
0.8:1
Sweet Potato
29 mg
37 mg
0.8:1
Strawberries
42 mg
56 mg
0.8:1
Guavas
18 mg
23 mg
0.8:1
Cherries (pitted)
10 mg
13 mg
0.8:1
Cucumber
14 mg
18 mg
0.8:1
Rutabaga
72 mg
84 mg
0.8:1
Apricots
15 mg
21 mg
0.7:1
Beets
18 mg
26 mg
0.7:1
Brussels Sprouts
56 mg
88 mg
0.6:1
Cauliflower
28 mg
46 mg
0.6:1
Blueberries
18 mg
30 mg
0.6:1
Peaches
5 mg
11 mg
0.5:1
Pumpkin
36 mg
74 mg
0.5:1
Sweet Potato
64 mg
124 mg
0.5:1
Asparagus
44 mg
108 mg
0.4:1
Carrots
28 mg
64 mg
0.4:1
Bananas
7 mg
22 mg
0.3:1
Yams
18 mg
66 mg
0.3:1
Plums
4 mg
14 mg
0.3:1

Calcium in invertebrate Prev

In most invertebrate species, calcium is inadequate (less than 0.5 mg/kal). Those insects that do contain more calcium have calcified exoskeletons and will generally not be accepted for consumption. Whether commercial or wild-caught, invertebrate prey will require calcium supplementation.
Food Item
calcium
phosphorus
Ca:P ratio
House Cricket
0.3 mg/kcal
2.7 mg/kcal
0.1:1
Commercial Cricket
0.2 mg/kcal
2.6 mg/kcal
0.1:1
Mulberry Silk Moth Larva
0.5 mg/kcal
0.6 mg/kcal
0.8:1
Mealworm Larva
0.1 mg/kcal
1.2 mg/kcal
0.1:1
Waxworm Larva
0.1 mg/kcal
0.9 mg/kcal
0.1:1

 

 

 

 

 Click here for USDA Nutrient List

Nutrition Facts    Wax Worm  (galleria mellonella )              Cricket (acheta domesticus)
                              Supper Worm (zophobas morio)                 Meal Worm (tenebrio molitor)
                                                                                                
Serving size      1 Larvae                1 Cricket       1 Meal Worm     1 Super Worm    1 Wax Worm
Moisture %         68.18                        69.01          62.44                     59.37                     61.73
Ash%                      1.40                         2.17             1.02                      1.20                        1.02
Protein%              15.58                        21.32             20.27                   17.41                      15.50
Fat %                     7.81                           6.01            12.27                   17.89                      22.19
                                            Not a significant source of Vitamin D3 or Calcium 

 Phoenix Worms ( Hermetia illucens)                              
 Fat %                            9.4
Calcium PPM           8155
Protein                          17.3
Calcium:
Phosphorus  Ratio          1.52 
23-61 times more calcium than other commonly fed insects.