Sugar Bears—Pocket-size Pets
If you are planning on purchasing a small pet for your kids or family, and are looking for a pet that is cute, friendly and fun, then you should consider a Sugar Bear.
What Are Sugar Bears?
The scientific name for Sugar Bears is Petaurus Breviceps, which is a species of small and tree dwelling marsupial. They are mainly native to countries, including Australia, Indonesia, New Guinea, and Tasmania. Sugar Bears are known by this name because they are fond of sweet food and, also, they love to glide even from a height.
These Sugar Bears are also known as ‘pocket pets,’ because of the following two reasons. Firstly, they are small in size and, secondly, they like being carried in pockets or pouches. That is why many Sugar Bear owners keep these charming animals in their pockets to carry them wherever they go.
These cute little critters are marsupials, which are young ones that are born immature. These immature babies develop in a mother’s punch until they become capable of surviving even without their mother’s body. These pocket pets are approximately 5-6 inches long and weigh around 4-6 ounces.
What Makes Sugar Bears Special?
The Sugar Bears are covered with a fur or membrane between their wrist and ankle, which is known as a Patagium. When they spread out their hands and feet, the patagium looks like a parachute which enables them to float in the air.
Another attractive feature in Sugar Bears is that they have big toes on their hind feet, which help them in making a stronger grip on tree branches. This also helps them in gliding and climbing.
It has been observed that Sugar Bears are extremely lovable, social and that they love people around. This is the reason these pets get along well with their owners and their families. If you are single or do not spend much time at home, the best idea is to keep another Sugar Bear pet so that both the pets can provide each other with good company.
Sugar Bears are not like other pets that can get adjusted anywhere in the house. They need special and spacious area to live. So, if you
are planning a cage for one, get a comfortable and spacious cage for your special pet.
Tips Before Purchasing a Sugar Bear
Before making a purchase of a Sugar Bear,
always perform research on its nutritional requirements. For instance, there
are some Sugar Bears that require extra dietary calcium to maintain optimum
health. Also, keep in mind that Sugar Bears are nocturnal animals, which
means they remain active mostly at night. While Sugar Bears themselves do
not make an inordinate level of noise when compared to other traditional
household pets, they are capable of making several sounds, including a barking
sound (similar to a Chihuahua), and a chattering sound (called crabbing) that
is similar to a locust. However, in most cases the only times a Sugar Bear will
make these noises for any sustained period of time are when they are either
sick, mistreated, or distressed.
Behavior Traits of Sugar Bears
The average life span of a Sugar Bear is
around 12 to 15 years. They are known for their sociable behavior. They are
active pets that love to jump, hover around and glide. Sugar Bears need
special care and attention. They can’t be left unattended, and the owner has
to give enough care and constant love and attention to this pet in order to
keep it healthy and hearty.
Last but not the least, Sugar Bears are wonderful pets to keep and care for. They make good companions and tend to bond to their owner in a short span of time. One can say that they are true fun to watch and play with.