Sugar gliders should be fed a variety of foods appropriate for insectivorous/carnivorous animals. A commercially prepared insectivorous diet should be fed up to 50% of the total intake, particularly for active breeders. Leadbeater’s mixture* can be cooked and fed as the other primary food source (approximately 25%). In addition, 20-25% of the daily intake by volume can be made of chopped produce – specifically apple, grapes, mango, papaya, carrot, sweet potato – dusted with a vitamin/mineral powder.
Approximately 5-10% of the daily intake may include hard-cooked egg yolk or a variety of pet industry-raised insects (crickets, mealworms, waxworms or moths, all fed calcium-enriched feed or dusted with a mineral supplement). Nectars formulated for lories (a nectar-eating parrot) can be given as a fruit portion substitute or as an occasional treat.
* Leadbeater’s Mixture
- 150 ml warm water
- 150 ml honey
- 1 shelled hard-boiled egg
- 25 g high protein baby cereal
- 1 tsp vitamin/mineral supplement
Mix warm water and honey. In separate container, blend egg until homogenized; gradually add honey/water, then vitamin powder, then baby cereal, blending after each addition until smooth. Refrigerate.