Sugar Gliders are small possums which have a skin membrane between their limbs that allows them to glide. They have an omnivorous diet which includes plant exudates like sap, gum, nectar & pollen. They also feed on insects and insect secretions (eg lerp, manna). In captivity, gliders are often fed large amounts of fruits & vegetables that may be deficient in essential protein, vitamins & minerals. To provide a balanced diet, these foods can be supplemented with Wombaroo High Protein Supplement or Small Carnivore Food. See under resources for feeding guidelines for captive Sugar Gliders. Being marsupials, Sugar Gliders are born extremely undeveloped and kept in the mother's pouch during early development. The young exit the pouch once fully-furred and continue to consume mother's milk until weaning on to solid foods. We recommend to use Wombaroo Possum Milk Replacer to hand rear young Sugar Gliders. Two different stages of Possum Milk Replacer are available to cater for the different nutritional needs of the developing joey.
Small Carnivore Food
Small Carnivore Food is a nutritionally-balanced live food substitute for carnivorous marsupials, rodents and other small mammals which include insects as a part of their diet.
- High protein food to supplement the insect component in the diet of small carnivorous mammals.
- Fortified with essential amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins & minerals.
- Contains taurine, an essential nutrient for carnivores.
Whey protein, soy protein, meat meal, fish meal, blood meal, mannan oligosaccharides, β-glucans, lysine, methionine, vegetable oils, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids (including EPA, DHA & Arachadonic Acid), carotenoids, taurine, vitamins A, B1,B2,B6, B12,C,D3,E,K, nicotinamide, pantothenic acid, biotin, folic acid, choline, inositol, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, zinc, iron, manganese, copper, iodine, selenium.
Protein 38% Fat 12% Ash 10% Moisture 7% Fibre (max) 5% Taurine 400mg/kg Metabolisable Energy (ME) 16 MJ/kg
250g, 1kg & 5kg.
Preparing Small Carnivore Food
Mix 3 parts powder (15g) to 2 parts water (10ml).
Slowly add the water, while mixing to form a moist crumbly food. Do not make into a paste. Store prepared food refrigerated for 1 day or frozen for 1 week.
Dunnarts, Antechinus, Kowari & Quolls
Small Carnivore Food can represent upto 80% of the total diet. Supplement with crickets, moths, grasshoppers, spiders and day old mice or chicks.
Gliders, Pigmy Possums & Bandicoots
Small Carnivore Food can represent upto 20% of the total diet. Also feed Wombaroo High Protein Supplement dispersed over fruit.
Hopping mice, Rats & Mice
Small Carnivore Food can represent 10-20% of the total diet.
Small Carnivore Food can represent 10-20% of the total diet. Powder can be used to top dress wet food - mix in well.
Echidna & Numbat
Mix prepared Small Carnivore Food with about 10% crushed termite mound and termites.
Insectivorous bats have been successfully kept using this food as a maintenance diet, while supplementing them with moths, beetles and a few fly pupae or mealworms.
Feed Estimates using Small Carnivore Food
5 1.5 80 11.5 10 2.5 90 12.5 15 3.5 100 13.5 20 4.5 120 15.5 25 5.0 140 17.5 30 5.5 160 19.5 35 6.0 180 20.5 40 7.0 200 22.5 50 8.0 250 26.0 60 9.0 300 30.5 70 10.5 350 33.5
Feeding Live Food
Carnivorous and omnivorous animals usually catch live food prey items. Feeing live food is not only important nutritionally, but also helps maintain natural foraging behaviour in captive animals. If insects are offered as live food, ensure they represent the insect stage eaten by the animal in the wild. There are considerable differences in composition between mature and immature (larval stage) of insects. Animals that prey on mature insects such as moths, beetles and crickets should not be fed large numbers of larval stage insects. Captive animals are commonly fed meal worms and fly pupae which are larval stage insects. These can be poor food substitutes for many animals because of their high fat content. Fat contains twice the energy as other nutrients and increased quantities in the diet can not only lead to obesity but significantly dilute the intake of essential nutrients. The nutritional value of feeder insects may be improved by maintaining them on Passwell Insect Booster.