Sugar gliders (Petaurus breviceps) are small nocturnal marsupials. They live in forests in Australia, Indonesia and New Guinea.
As the name suggests, they like to glide.
It’s a good way to get from one tree to another without exhausting your tiny self going all the way down to the ground and back up. It also avoids the predators on the way. Not to mention leaving them behind looking silly as you zoom to safety.
They like to eat insects in summer when they can get them. In winter there aren’t nearly so many, so they chew a small hole in a tree and drink the sugary sap, which is why they’re sugar gliders rather than mahogony gliders.
They’re a popular pet in Australia and the United States. I can see the appeal, but wild sugar gliders have territories of over an acre, and I’m not sure they’d be happy in a flat. They’re also prone to calcium deficiencies in captivity, and get something similar to rickets. So I won’t be getting one myself.
But I’d still love to tickle a sugar glider’s tummy.