Once you’ve become a Sugar Glider owner, it’s hard to just have only 2! When you have 3 or more gliders, that is considered a colony. In the wild, colonies can consist up to 7 adult gliders. Once a male offspring is old enough to be on his own, he will leave his family to start his own. While it is possible to have a bigger colony, it is best if you neuter all the males to prevent reproduction.
Yes it is possible to introduce multiple gliders to your existing gliders, it will require more time and patience. Once a set colony has already been established, it is difficult for gliders to try to re-establish dominance and order.
Tips for a successful introduction of multiple gliders:
- Always be sure to do a quarantine of at least 30 days of your new gliders away from your current ones
- Never try to introduce colonies if the age gap is too wide (joey (2 - 5 months vs adult 6+ months)
- It is better to have equal amounts of males to females, or have more females than males
- Males will need to be neutered
- Treats when introducing them is a must
- You’ll want to constantly swap their items between cages to mix up scents
- Not all will get along with the initial intro, just try again the next day
Introducing new gliders to your current ones requires a few more steps and days before you can do the face to face introductions. After the quarantine period:
- Start with your new gliders in their own cage side by side to your current cage, 4 inches apart
- For the first few days, swap their sleeping pouch and toys (this will mix scents), but keep a neutral pouch in each cage (some gliders will refuse to sleep in another glider pouch)
- After a week, and once they start sleeping in the other glider’s scented pouch, you can introduce them two ways: on a neutral hard surface (counter or table) or with a tent.
- If you’re using the counter/table, you’ll want to place all gliders (still in their sleeping pouch) on the counter and rub their blankets on each other. You’ll then grab one glider’s tail and let the others sniff. You will do this for the other set. If there is no negative reaction, you may do face to face. Screaming is normal, but separate them if there is lunging and fighting. Try again tomorrow if not successful. (See last week’s post for a more detail step-by-step)
- If you’re using the tent method: You will place all gliders (still in their sleeping pouch) and leave them on the floor. You should have toys scattered around and hanging all over the tent. You will then sit on the floor and wait for them to wake up and start exploring. Your gliders will get curious and check out the toys, check out you, or the new gliders. Separate immediately if there is chasing or fighting.
- If all goes well, and they are getting along, you may place all the gliders in a CLEAN NEUTRAL cage with clean toys and clean pouches. Make sure to have at least 2 pouches in the cage.
- Be sure to leave 2 pouches at all times until all your gliders are sleeping in one pouch and to monitor often throughout the night. Gliders being vocal is normal.