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Sugar gliders and domestication

I know that there are many people that think our gliders are acclimated or domesticated since we do not have any wild caught gliders anymore so they must be domesticated by now right?

That can't be further than the truth! It takes hundreds of years for animals to become domesticated in all actuality. And because of this reason, all of our gliders still display all of their natural instincts regardless of how many generations we have that are born and bred in captivity.

Have you ever wondered how a glider that has never seen a moth, lizard, mouse or spider will automatically pounce on it to eat it? Or how many new gliders that have never had a mealie before doesn't know to eat it?
That's because they do not eat meal worms in the wild.

Natural instincts. Have you ever opened a bag of chips or ruffled a plastic bag and your gliders spaz's out over the noise? That's the sound of rustling leaves in the tree's that alerts them to predators.

Natural instincts. Do you play with your gliders with feathers or feather toys and get the enjoyment of watching them attack it? Thats because birds are both predator and prey in the wild.

Natural instincts. When it comes to breeding and there are stress factors going on in the home, habitat,temperature or poor diet choices (which are actually harder to tell than stress factors) that makes the gliders uncomfortable enough to not want to breed, cannibalize or reject their joey's......that's natural instincts.

Some gliders even still go into torpor with the seasons just as they would in the wild. Lord knows I've had a heart attack a time or 2 when I discovered a glider of mine in torpor. It doesn't always necessarily mean that they are always sick or that the temperature is too low, its just natural instincts. However some cases could actually be an indicator to something else going on and a vet visit is in order.

NOW onto moon phases and the effects the moon has on our gliders. Gliders are driven by the moon in the wild. It affects when they eat, when they breed, their playing, their foraging and pretty much anything else you can think of when it comes to their character and behavior. And when you have a Lunar Eclipse like we had last night, well..... our babies did not want to come out to play or eat for the most part and I don't know about your gliders but mine were barking up a storm. So if anyone tells you that our gliders are domesticated or acclimated to our environment, please help educate these individuals that are so misinformed.