If properly cared for, sugar gliders in captivity can live between 10 and 15 years. Sugar gliders in the wild live between five and seven years.
Sugar gliders are marsupials from the rainforests of Australia and Indonesia, but they are bred in the United States as house pets. Sugar gliders are about the same size as hamsters. They are nocturnal and have large, yellow eyes that help them see at night. A thin membrane attaches their wrists to their ankles, allowing them to glide when they jump from tree branch to tree branch. Sugar gliders are omnivores. They eat eucalyptus sap, insects, flower blossoms and nectar. Sugar gliders are social animals that live in colonies. As pets, they have a fairly complex diet and need a variety of foods and supplements.