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Sugar gliders should be fed a variety of foods appropriate for insectivorous/carnivorous animals. A commercially prepared insectivorous diet should be fed up to 50% of the total intake, particularly for active breeders. Leadbeater's mixture* can be cooked and fed as the other primary food source (approximately 25%). In addition, 20-25% of the daily intake by volume can be made of chopped produce - specifically apple, grapes, mango, papaya, carrot, sweet potato - dusted with a vitamin/mineral powder.

Approximately 5-10% of the daily intake may include hard-cooked egg yolk or a variety of pet industry-raised insects (crickets, mealworms, waxworms or moths, all fed calcium-enriched feed or dusted with a mineral supplement). Nectars formulated for lories (a nectar-eating parrot) can be given as a fruit portion substitute or as an occasional treat.

* Leadbeater's Mixture

  • 150 ml warm water
  • 150 ml honey
  • 1 shelled hard-boiled egg
  • 25 g high protein baby cereal
  • 1 tsp vitamin/mineral supplement

Mix warm water and honey. In separate container, blend egg until homogenized; gradually add honey/water, then vitamin powder, then baby cereal, blending after each addition until smooth. Refrigerate.


Credit: Used with permission of the Zoological Education Network.  Reviewed by Amy I. Attas, V.M.D.
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