The main differences in being unaltered or having a sugar glider that has not been neutered would be that the females have a pouch which would be a slit right about their belly button and the males have a cloaca and a testicle sack where the pouch would be so that would be above right where their belly button would be so it is a little different from a dog or a cat. The males if they have not been neutered have a patch right about the center of their chest. This is an oil gland which is a gland that they use to mark their territory and they also have the same gland on their head kind of like a bald spot.
The personality differences between males and females – some people argue that there are no differences. My personal experience is that males overall seem to be a bit more outgoing and friendly and females are a little more grumpier and more possessive and that is not necessarily towards human beings but towards other sugar gliders. Both of the females that I have are very possessive of their male cage mates and have tried to kill any other female that has been near their cages so this is something worth considering when buying another glider to go with your gliders that males generally will get along better with other gliders if you get them separate. If you get them together it does not matter since they are babies and have been together.
Sugar Gliders as Pets : The Drawbacks of Sugar Glider Ownership
- They are very difficult to take care of. They can bite, they not necessarily friendly to children, they have sharp claws, and very sharp teeth. They will bite you if you try to restrain them forcefully. They will urinate down you arm upon waking because they cannot be potty trained, and their cage is also typically coated with urine. They make a terrible mess when they eat and leave bits of food within a 2 foot radius of the cage.
- If you don’t feed their cage every couple of days you will be able to smell the odor from their cage. They will bark during the night, which can wake you up. The average life span is fifteen years, food preparation takes about 5-15 minutes per night and live insects are part of their diet. Required food is not available at pet stores because there is not a kibble available.
- They are prone to getting into trouble when they get bored and do not get along well with other animals. They are cute and cuddly and very exotic but they are very difficult to care for. Visiting other families Sugar Gliders prior to adopting your own is highly recommended to verify this is the pet for you.