Below are some recommendations on things you may want to avoid feeding to
your sugar glider. The best advice I can give any sugar glider owner
when trying to decide if something is "safe" for them is: "If there is a
doubt...don't". There are so many things your sugar glider can have
safely without having to introduce something into their diet that may be
- Do not feed pits or seeds of fruit to your sugar glider, these
are toxic and could cause intestinal blockage
- Never feed your gliders raw eggs or meat
- Chocolate, coffee, tea and soda can be toxic to a gliders, as
well as most pets
- Avoid onions and foods that contain onion powder, as it is
believed to be toxic to gliders as well as most all small animals.
Please check the ingredients list of baby foods you feed your sugar
gliders, because some of them do contain onion powder. Onions are
known to cause a health problem, known as Heinz-body hemolytic
anemia, in animals. Onions contain dipropyl disulfide, which can
destroys red blood cells
- Avoid feeding or offer sparingly, food that have high fat
content such as peanuts
- Avoid feeding avocados as they are high in fat and contains toxins
known as cardiac glycosides.
- Never feed bugs that have been caught outdoors, they may have
been in contact with fertilizers or insecticides. Not to mention
parasites that bugs caught outside may have.
- Take caution when feeding crickets, as they can contain
aflatoxins, especially if they were raised on corn products.
- Some people feel that sugar gliders are lactose intolerant.
Although straight milk can cause digestive upset, some people do
feed their sugar gliders plain non-fat yogurt, as it contains
natural bacterial cultures that will help digest the lactose and
promote the absorption of calcium.
- Don't feed your sugar glider "left overs", they can contain a
number of unhealthy things, such as preservatives and various
spices. (Ex. Snacks, Prepared Dinners, Candy, Chips....)
- Avoid canned foods prepared for people, as they contain too much
sugar, salt, and preservatives.
- Avoid offering your sugar glider plants or branches that are