Sugar Glider

Sugar Glider climbing over a thick branch

What does it look like? Brownish grey to blue-grey above, with blackish stripe running from between eyes to centre of back, and cream to greyish below. Tail blackish and bushy, occasionally tipped with white, snout short and rounded, ears broad and large gliding membrane (edged with blackish and white) attached at wrists and ankles.

Where is it found? Northern and eastern Australia (including coastal islands), from Kimberley region WA, through northern NT, northern and eastern Qld, eastern NSW, Vic and Tas, to far south-eastern SA.

What are its habitats & habits? Rainforests, wet and dry sclerophyll forests and woodlands, where it is nocturnal, sheltering during the day in a tree hollow lined with leaves, and feeds arboreally on nectar, pollen, honeydew and arthropods. Female gives birth to 2 young in a litter.

Interesting fact: Able to glide up to 90 metres.

Scientific name: Petaurus breviceps    

Size: 325-420 mm TL, including tail 165-210 mm (northern individual smaller than southern)

Also known as: Lesser Glider; Lesser Flying Squirrel; Sugar Squirrel; Short-headed Flying Phalanger; Lesser Flying Phalanger

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