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Sugar Glider

Petaurus breviceps


The sugar glider is a small gliding possum that is native to eastern and northern mainland Australia. It is a relatively common marsupial, and like all Australian Possums, is nocturnal.


They can be found in any forest where there is food supply but are commonly found in forests with eucalyptus trees.


We have heard the "yip-yip" of thes little critters in our back yard, so they are quite abundant around here. The pictures are of two different gliders, taken a few years apart, but from the same area. Both were orphaned. They were hand raised. They are put into little family groups and when they are old and wild enough, they are released back into their home range.

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MayraSpringmann 8 years ago


misako 9 years ago

so cute!

Christiane 9 years ago

Steve A ... Please consider adding you marsupial spotting to the "Marsupials of the World" mission at


CourtneyVerk 9 years ago

I want one...

Cindy Mead
Cindy Mead 9 years ago

You have the coolest creatures in your part of the world :)

Steve A
Steve A 9 years ago

@Yulia, this is a sub-adult. The second photo is a much younger glider :-)

yulia8473 9 years ago

is it a baby or adult?

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Eyes are very glazing...marvelous mammal.

Ulrich 9 years ago

Great pic and information. Thanks a lot

lori.tas 9 years ago

I keep planting all of their favorite trees in hopes that they'll move in. I'd love to see one someday.

peter 9 years ago

Spotting of the day!

"Sugar Gliders are small, gliding nocturnal marsupials. During hibernation, they can sleep up to 23 hours per day."

Darvesh 9 years ago

its very cute :-)

alicelongmartin 9 years ago

Thanks for the information and for the darling picture.

Steve A
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Steve A

New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Nov 19, 2009
Submitted on May 28, 2011

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