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Introduction to Sugar Gliders

By

Rosemary J. Booth

, BVSc, Department of Environment and Resource Management, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services

Medically Reviewed Jul 2020 | Modified Oct 2022
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Sugar glider

Sugar glider

Sugar gliders (scientific name Petaurus breviceps) are small marsupials, mammals that nurse their offspring in pouches on their stomachs. Kangaroos, koalas, opossums, bandicoots, and wombats are also marsupials. These exotic pets come originally from Australia, Indonesia, and New Guinea and were first brought to the United States in the 1990s.

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