Creature Feature:Sugar Gliders



by Lyra Fe Serafin
La Salle University-Ozamis Intern

The sugar glider, named after its preference for sweet foods and its ability to glide through the air like a flying squirrel, is a small nocturnal marsupial, commonly found in the forests of Australia and in the neighboring islands of Indonesia. They belong to the same order with that of kangaroos.

Its body usually measures 5-6 inches, similar to the length of its tail. An adult glider weighs 4-6 ounces. Males are larger than the females. It feeds on insects and small vertebrates, sweet sap of certain species of eucalyptus, acacia and gum trees. (

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