Monday, December 15, 2008

Non-Fiction Monday: Sugar Gliders

I'm not sure if you all remember, but for awhile Aaron and I were foster parents to a pair of adorable sugar gliders. Not too many people knew what they were and often responded with a "what the heck are sugar gliders?!" when we said we had a couple as pets. Though they are slowly becoming more common, sugar gliders really do make great pets, as long as you truly understand how much work goes into caring for them and making sure they are healthy, both mentally and physically.

Elizabeth O'Sullivan has written a book for Lerner's Early Bird Nature Books series, simply titled Sugar Gliders, which will fill in perspective pet owners on all they need to know about these cute little animals that look a bit like chipmunks, starting with where they're from and what they eat and going into socialization and what goes into keeping them as pets. Being that they are exotic animals, it's actually illegal in some states to own them and/or breed them, so make sure you check into your own state laws if you're interested.

The book also includes a few pages of additional resources where you can find all sorts of great information about the gliders. The book is written in a very simplistic format, making it very easy to read for the younger crowd, but also quite informative, making it a great resource for those looking into owning sugar gliders.

My own personal note here....if you do want to own these, make sure you plan to buy a pair. Being colony animals, the gliders can become emotionally distraught if they are the only one in their cage. And buy a huge cage! These animals are definitely a huge investment.

If you're interested in learning more or to purchase, click on the book cover above to link to Amazon.

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