Sugar Glider Main Course
The sugar glider main course of the diet consists of a
mixture of ingredients (that you make and freeze ahead of
time), fruits, and vegetables. This is the main part of the
diet and should be fed every night. It should be removed in the
morning, so if the gliders wake up and want to snack during the
day, they will not eat rotten food. Instead, if you want
to, you can choose to give them access to a dry staple food
for mid-day snacking.
Sugar Glider Approved Diets
Use the links below for help in selecting a sugar glider
diet that is best for you and your gliders. It is
important to remember that gliders may like something one night
and not like it the next. To get a good feel for how your
gliders are eating their diet, make sure to try it out for more
than one night. Also, some glider owners recommend increasing
the overall amount of food offered for lactating females.
- HPW – High Protein Wombaroo – This is
what we feed our gliders and they love it! Not only
that, but it is the easiest to make and one batch lasts
about 2 ½ months for two gliders. The up-front expense
is a little high (ordering the Wombaroo powder and bee
pollen) but it lasts several batches, so overall it is a
really cheap diet to make. We are planning to stick with
this diet and have even created the SSG Complete
HPW Diet, which uses the HPW Diet and expands
to show which fruits and vegetables work well with
- Judie’s BML – This is Judie
Haussman’s version of Bourbon’s Modified Leadbeater’s
diet. She has modified it to make it taste less bitter.
She and many other glider owners have had great success
with this diet. We fed it to our gliders for a while
before switching to HPW. Our gliders really liked it,
but we felt the HPW would more closely mimic their sugar
glider diet in the wild and was much easier to make (due
to the fewer # of ingredients).
Original BML – Bourbon’s Modified Leadbeater’s – We
have not personally tried this diet with our gliders, but
it is widely approved. The difference from this and
Judie's BML is
the type of juice and the amount of the Herpivite
Price’s Diet (aka Sugar Glider Exotic
Diet) – We have not personally used this diet, but
many breeders are using it and Priscilla has been breeding
gliders for years. She has successfully used this diet with
over 1,000 gliders.
- Suncoast Diet –
We have not personally tried this diet, but Suncoast is
having great success with it and is a large and reputable
Formula - This diet was developed by the Taronga Zoo as
part of an extensive feeding schedule for their sugar
gliders. We have not personally tried this diet but it is
our understanding that it was meant to only be fed as part
of the diet. This diet may be the most difficult to
replicate as a pet owner. This is why you see modified
versions of Leadbeater's such as BML and Judie's BML.
Fruits and Veggies
Please click here
for a list of glider-safe fruits and veggies.
Fresh fruits and veggies should be fed daily, according to
the instructions in the main sugar glider diet that you have
chosen. Frozen fruits and veggies are ok to use and can be
thawed out in the microwave or fed to the gliders a few hours
before they wake up. Do not use canned fruits or
Our gliders do not eat their fruits and veggies as well if
they are not cut up into small pieces, so we usually chop them
up. Gliders are sap-suckers, so you may think they are
not eating well, but if you take a closer look at their
veggies, you’ll see that they are hollowed out and only the
shell is left.
Also, being named "sugar" gliders does not mean that they
need a diet of mostly fruit. Most diets will have you keep the
fruits and veggies at the same amounts.
Fruit and Veggetable Recipes
These recipes can be used in place of the fresh or frozen
fruit & vegetable portion of the diet.
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