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Wodent Wheel - Exercise Wheel for Sugar Gliders

The Wodent Wheel is a great, low-cost exercise wheel for sugar gliders. Senior sized wheel is 11" diameter, 3.5" wide, 2.6" “mouse-hole shaped” entry holes. Overall height is 12.3". This size is best for sugar gliders, lady rats, squirrels, Syrian or other large hamsters, and small hedgehogs.

Sweet Sugar Gliders - Wodent Wheel Exercise Wheel Many Colors

The Good...

The Wodent Wheel is the only exercise wheel recommended and approved by the ASPCA during their Seal of Approval program (1999-2006). Rodents are attracted to the wheel's entry holes, hamsters avoid broken legs and strangulations, and sugar gliders go absolutely nuts on these wheels. Even rats love running since they don't get their feet hurt and their tails whacked by unsafe axle supports. (Give rats lots of time — they're very cautious!) The semi-enclosed design and the solid rear wall also makes rodents, who are natural “wall-huggers,” feel much safer as they run.

Wodent Wheels are easily disassembled for cleaning and are constructed of tough, safe plastic with a stable base of heavy-gauge painted (baked-on powder coated) steel. Wodent Wheels are low cost, much safer and quieter than conventional wire exercise wheels, and have a clean, simple design using recycled and recyclable plastics. If they are not being attacked by chewers, with a little care, Wodent Wheels will last for years.

Wodent Wheels are available in many colors in our sugar glider store. We include a free Glider Guard attachment with each wheel, to help further protect your sugar glider's tail from getting injured on the axle. 

The Bad...

The Wodent Wheel has a solid track, which generally means it will need to be cleaned more often.  It also may be a bit noisier than some other wheels.  Putting a little olive oil on the axle can help with the noise issue.

Nail Filing

There are Wodent Wheel inserts that you can purchase, to help keep your sugar gliders' nails filed.

  • Nail-O-Matic from Suncoast - The Nail-O-Matic is essentially sandpaper with hardware cloth sewn onto it.  It can be inserted on top of the track when you assemble the wheel.  The hardware cloth helps to protect the pads of the gliders' feet from the sandpaper.  We have used this product and found that it worked ok if the gliders' nails were already trimmed, but not so well if they started out sharp.  It has to be replaced pretty often too, which can be a big expense if you have several sugar gliders.
  • Sandy Trimmer from Exotic Nutrition - This is a Wodent Wheel track with fine-grain sandpaper attached to it.  It is advertised to be safe for your pet's feet.  We have not personally tried the Sandy Trimmer.
  • DIY - This is an idea that we got from Danielle G.  You can purchase 400-grit sandpaper and cut it to the size of your Wodent Wheel track.  Use Elmer's glue to attach it to the track and place some heavy objects on top of it until the glue dries.  The 400 grain is finer than that of the Sandy Trimmer and is safe to leave in their cage at all times.  You can remove the sandpaper with hot or boiling water, clean the wheel, and attach new sandpaper.  This is an inexpensive way to help keep your gliders' nails from being so sharp.

Assembly Instructions

This video will show you how to assemble your Wodent Wheel: