sugar glider


Definition of sugar glider

: a small, primarily nocturnal, arboreal, marsupial possum (Petaurus breviceps of the family Petauridae) of Australia, New Guinea, and the Moluccas that has soft, silvery gray to brown fur and a bushy often white-tipped tail, that typically feeds on sap, nectar, and insects, and that is sometimes kept as a pet

Note: The sugar glider has a fold of skin extending from the front to rear foot enabling it to make long, gliding leaps.

But while all these saps and juices are a good source of energy-rich sugars, they need to be supplemented by protein, especially at breeding time. So in spring and early summer, the sugar gliders switch their attention to insects.— John Vandenbeld Sugar gliders can make good pets. … They are naturally inquisitive and will chew and swallow many things, so it is not recommended to provide toys.— Alison Riley

First Known Use of sugar glider

1935, in the meaning defined above

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“Sugar glider.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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