Ensuring Proper Sugar Glider Breeding
One of the most important things that sugar glider breeders must know is how to determine whether or not a pet is fit for breeding.
Sugar gliders can only grow up to seven inches. For someone who is not familiar, it can be very hard to tell the difference between an adult and a one that is not ready for breeding. Generally, these animals are considered ready for breeding when they become matured sexually. These animals reach this stage at around 24 months after they get out of their mothers pouches. But there are cases when they mature at an earlier time and sugar glider breeders take advantage of this.
These exotic animals are generally easy to mate. But the number of times they mate in captivity is greater than when they are in the wild. Also, there are factors that should be observed when it comes to pairing. These animals have the unique level of bonding and attachment to people or animals around them so breeding shouldnt be a major difficulty when it comes to this type of business. The good thing about them is that the rate of death for newborn Joeys is very low because these animals have good instincts as parents. Therefore, you can expect them to care for their young due to their good paternal or maternal features.
Sugar glider breeders have the responsibility to keep track or monitor the breeding tendencies of the animals under their care. It is important to breed the ones that are in good condition to produce quality Joeys. Also, make sure that you are breeding in a clean and suitable environment. To ensure the good condition of the adult sugar gliders chosen for breeding, proper diet and nutrition should be provided. Put a special attention to the female glider and know the specialized products that will keep it healthy throughout the entire duration of pregnancy. In identifying a male and female glider that is up for breeding, breeders would check for important signs in sexing. Female gliders can be identified through a slit like mark in their abdomens. This part will become the pouch after they gave birth to their Joeys. On the other hand, male gliders will have a scrotum on the similar area.
It will take some of your quality time to do some observations so you can determine which of these animals can be paired effectively. One you have chosen the possible pairing, make sure to place them in a separate cage where they can become more attached to each other. Breeding is very different from simply developing a glider. More time and dedication is needed from sugar glider breeders especially if these animals are the main focus of their business. Most customers would prefer Joeys so make sure to keep an eye on the newborn gliders as they can be sensitive to any changes in their surroundings. Also, the level of care that you provide will determine their value for the customers. Make sure to keep a breeding location clean and adequate to raise quality animals.
by: Jeff Seele