Sugar Gliders -Good pets or ban them?

Jennifer - posted on 08/20/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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We recently adopted a baby sugar glider/sugar bear and I have seen a few sites state that they are banned in some places. Why would they ban these animals? They seem to be able to bond very well with humans. Are they good pets or should they be banned?

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They could become an invasive species is the only reason i can think of. Kind of like nova scotia can't have turtles because if they start to multiply here, they can take over and destroy the ecosystem. We just recently had a problem with an invasive tree actually...

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Kate CP - posted on 08/21/2011

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Well it's illegal to own a ferret in certain places in California...so, I dunno. It's also illegal to own red eared sliders (type of turtle) in certain places. Some breeds of dogs are banned in some cities.

Sometimes the way the government works is just funky. :/

Jennifer - posted on 08/21/2011

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Sherri- wow, I didn't know that. I am watching training video's to learn to handle them. The place I bought her from has daily e-mails on do's and don'ts of taking care of them and also has many video's on care. I can see how taking in an older one would be a problem as the little bludger can bite a lot harder when they are older and it takes longer to get them to bond.

Sherri - posted on 08/20/2011

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They are wild animals and it is illegal to have them here unless you have a permit to have wildlife.

Stifler's - posted on 08/20/2011

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I think she'd fallen out of a tree so that's probably what killed her she died pretty soon after we found her. But the babies both died within a week.

Jennifer - posted on 08/20/2011

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Oh emma! That is so sad. I so hope my baby doesn't die. I am going to do my best to follow directions to a T so she will become very comfortable here.

Julianne- I could see that being a problem. I am fortunate the males they sell are neutered before they will release them to help cut down on the chance of reproduction. I am sure other breeders wouldn't be as conscientious about it though. Introducing a foreign species into a new area can be catastrophic.

Stifler's - posted on 08/20/2011

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They're wild animals that's probably why. I rescued a sugar glider once but she died and so did her little pink babies :(

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