The average life span of the sugar glider is 9 to 12 years. Their life expectancy increases to 12 years most often when the sugar glider is in captivity or kept as a pet.
Sugar gliders are native to Australia, New Guinea and Indonesia, and prefer forested areas. They are in the marsupial family and spend the early part of adolescence in their mother's pouch. Sugar gliders have a membrane that stretches from their forelimbs to their hindlimbs and gives them the ability to glide from tree to tree. They are capable of gliding for long distances, easily gliding up to 50 meters if needed.