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Sugar Glider Safe Fruits and Vegetables

Below are a few lists of safe fruits and vegetables for your sugar glider. Please note that although these foods may be safe for your glider, some should only be fed in moderation. For example, corn has a very high calcium:phosphorous ratio and should only be fed in small quantities. Broccoli and cauliflower should also be fed in small quantities or not at all. Fruits and vegetables are meant to be fed as part of a complete diet, not as the entire diet for a sugar glider. When choosing fruits and vegetables for your sugar glider, please take care to select foods which keep the diet at an overall calcium:phosphorous ratio of 1.5-2:1.

Intermediate/Advanced List

We have added some calcium:phosphorous ratios to the beginner's list and will continue to add more as we are able. We have also added some information about oxalates. When a food is high in oxalates, the body is unable to properly process all of the calcium and iron in that food. In selecting foods high in calcium, be sure to also make sure you are not always feeding foods high in oxalates. The lists below are color coded to show which fruits and vegetables are high, medium, or low in oxalates. There is a key on the documents. Fruits and vegetables with no color are ones that we do not yet have information on.

Some of the oxalate information was obtained from this document on Gliderpedia at http://www.sugarglider.com.  Other oxalate information was obtained from www.whfoods.com, beautifuldragons.503xtreme.com, and www.nal.usda.gov.  All calcium and phosphorous information was obtained from www.nal.usda.gov.

Sweet Sugar Gliders - Below is a list of fruits and vegetables with controversy surrounding whether or not they are good or bad for your sugar glider

Tofu & Soy Products: Tofu is recommended by Caroline MacPherson as a good source of protein.  But some breeders are opposed to soy products being given to sugar gliders. Research on some other animals shows tofu can have a negative effect on the digestive system. As far as we know, a negative effect on sugar gliders has not yet been proven. Some breeders object to tofu because it is a protein source from beans, rather than meat or insect.

Grapes & Raisins: Suncoast Sugar Gliders believes that there may be a connection from grapes and raisins to kidney failure in sugar gliders (as well as other pets).  Click here to read Suncoast's newsletter regarding the grape controversy.

Fruit Pits, Skins, and Seeds:  There is some debate over whether or not it is safe to leave pits, seeds, and skin on/in fruits.  I have read from several sources stating you should remove pits from any fruit that you give your gliders.  I ran across this newsletter by Suncoast, which states that although pits, skins, and seeds are bad for gliders, they have come to realize that gliders are smart enough not to eat them and that it is ok to not remove them.

Beginner's List

This list of sugar glider safe fruits and vegetables is just the basic list with no extra dietary information.  For ca:ph ratios and oxalate information, refer to the Intermediate/Advanced Lists above.  Please keep in mind when selecting these fruits and vegetables that although something may be safe, it may not be all that healthy for your sugar gliders.

Sugar Glider Safe Fruits

Acerola
Apples
Apricots
Asian Pear
Avocado
Bananas
Blackberries
Blueberries
Breadfruit
Cantaloupe
Carambola
Carissa
Casaba Melon
Cherimoya
Cherries
Coconut
Concord Grapes
Crab Apples
Cranberries
Currant
Custard Apples
Dates
Elderberries
Figs
Gooseberries
Grapefruit
Grapes
Ground Cherries
Guava
Honeydew
Jackfruit
Java Plum
Jujube
Kiwi
Kumquat
Lemon
Lemon Peel
Lime
Lime Peel
Longans
Loquats
Mammy Apple
Mandarin Oranges
Mango
Mulberries
Nectarine
Oheloberries
Orange Peel
Oranges
Papaya
Passion Fruit
Peaches
Pears
Persimmon
Pineapple
Pitanga
Plantain
Plums
Pomegranate
Prickly Pear
Prunes
Pummelo
Quince
Raisins
Raspberries
Rose Apple
Roselle
Sapodilla
Sapote
Soursop
Strawberries
Sugar Apple
Tamarind
Tangerine
Tomato
Watermelon

Sugar Glider Safe Vegetables

Acorn Squash
Alfalfa Sprouts
Amaranth
Artichoke
Asparagus
Bamboo Shoots
Beet Greens
Beets
Black-Eyed Peas
Bok Choy
Broccoli
Brussels Sprouts
Burdock Roots
Butternut Squash
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Celery
Chayote
Chicory Greens
Chinese Cabbage
Collard Greens
Coriander
Corn
Cowpeas
Cucumber
Dandelion Greens
Dock
Eggplant
Endive
French Beans
Ginger Root
Green Beans
Green Pepper
Jew's Ear
Jicama
Jute
Kale
Kohlrabi
Lettuce (Butterhead)
Lettuce (dark green leaf)
Lettuce (iceberg)
Lettuce (Red)
Lettuce (Romaine)
Lima Beans
Lupines
Mushrooms
Mustard Greens
Mustard Spinach
Nana Cabbage
Okra
Parsley
Parsnips
Peas
Potato
Pumpkin
Radish
Red Peppers
Rutabagas
Snow Peas
Soy Bean
Spaghetti Squash
Spinach
Summer Squash
Sweet Peppers (Green)
Sweet Peppers (Red)
Sweet Potatoes
Swiss Chard
Tofu
Turnip
Turnip Greens
Watercress
Winter Squash
Yams
Yellow Wax Beans
Zucchini

This is by no means a complete list of safe fruits and vegetables. If you believe an item on this list to be in error or believe something should be added to the list, please contact us.

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