Sugar Gliders Anonymous!

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I have exciting news!  I have fairly recently acquired Sugar Gliders!!

Sugar Gliders are small marsupials, which are in the same family as the kangaroo or koala bear, not the rodent family such as the squirrel or rat.  They are originally from the rainforests of Australia and Indonesia and have been domestically bred in the United States and are considered exotic pets.  Sugar Gliders are legal in most states, illegal in a few, and legal with a permit in a couple of states.  Fortunately, they are fully legal in Maryland!

The name Sugar Glider stems from two facts.  The first part of their name is obvious because they love the sweetness of fruits and vegetables.  The last part of their name is referencing the gliding membrane that allows them to glide.  The membrane stretches from their wrist to their ankle and allows them to glide, not actually fly, from place to place.

Sugar Gliders are colony animals.  In the wild, they live in groups of 10-15.  It is highly recommended to have at least two at a time.  They cuddle together, hang out together, groom each other, and even sleep together in the same pouch most of the time.

Sugar Gliders  are nocturnal animals.  They sleep during the day and come alive during the night.  They eat at night along with fly around their cage, run on their wheel, and even bark at each other!  During the day, they mainly sleep and can be carried around in fleece pouches and/or fleece lined purses.

There is a wide variety of color markings, all stemming of course from breeding:

(1)  The most common color is the Standard Grey which fur is various shades of grey and white.

(2)  White Face Blonde: refers to the lack of a black bar that is normally seen under the gliders face.

(3)  Black Beauty:  this one is similar to the Standard Grey but has very dark charcoal markings.

(4)  Platinum:  very light silver with a faint stripe that runs the length of their back.

(5) Cremeino:  has cream coloring and deep ruby eyes.

(6)  Leucistic:  have pure white fur, with black eyes.

(7)  Albino:  have no pigmentation, making it white. It can be distinguished from the Leucistic by its bright red eyes.

(8)  Mosaic:  come in many different patterns which show different amounts of white pigment on their body.

(9)  Piebald:  has a variation of the Mosaic that has alternating irregular color patterns of large white unpigmented areas and dark pigment on their body.

A big cage is a must!  Suggies love to jump around the cage!  They also love toys, toddler plastic ones to be specific!  Just be sure to remove batteries or anything that can they can get their paws or heads stuck in.  I have plastic buses, houses, ships, and a few other cute toys that they LOVE to play in.  When I put a new toy in their cage, at night, they immediately go to it and look around it.   Another must have is a proper running wheel.  A Stealth Wheel is the best in my opinion.  Mine love to run and jump in it and then sit on the edge while it spins.  Very funny to watch!  Their sleeping pouches, and other various other cage items should be made from fleece material.  This is because their delicate nails will not rip or pull on it.  In my cages, I have matching fleece bridges, vines, hammocks, and different shaped pouches and lots of toys for them to play with.  I even have little plastic chests that I put treats in.  They somehow open  them and steal the treats!

There are many diets to chose from but my favorite is the TPG Diet.  This diet is divided into little batches, each one 1.5 tablespoons per glider daily.  Personally, I buy plastic containers (for condiments) and each one holds about 2 ounces and I overfill each one and it feeds two gliders for one day.

 

 

Amount Ingredients Notes
8 ounces / 1 cup Fresh or Frozen Fruit – at least 4 different types – not canned and either finely chopped or use a good processor Favorites include: oranges, papayas, tangerines, pineapples, mangos, cantaloupes, bananas, kiwi, peaches, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and cherries that have been pitted. If you peel a fruit before you eat it, then peel it for your sugar glider. DO NOT FEED RHUBARB.
8 ounces / 1 cup Fresh or Frozen Vegetables – at least 4 different types – not canned and either finely chopped or use a food processor Vegetables – fresh or frozen – not canned. When using frozen vegetables, get regular mixes (no sauces or Asian flavoring). Favorites include: sweet potatoes, kale, collards, green beans, , beets, peas, lima beans, carrots, jicama, bok choy, squash, red bell pepper and snow peas. Small amounts of corn are ok but be very careful. Corn is high in phosphorus and it is fattening and of course sugar gliders love corn so they will always eat that first. Small amounts of broccoli and cauliflower are ok, but overdoing produces excess gas in the sugar glider and that makes them very grumpy. DO NOT FEED GARLIC, LEEKS OR ONIONS OF ANY KIND.
6 ounces Plain (full fat) Yogurt – No Artificial Sweeteners Such as Stoneyfield Farm or Dannon
3 ounces Calcium Fortified Orange Juice Concentrate You can substitute regular orange juice if you are unable to find one that is calcium fortified.
2-3 ounces Uncooked oatmeal Use five minute regular oats, not the quick cooking kind. The oatmeal is nutritious and thickens your mix. More or less will be needed depending on the water generated by your fruits and vegetables
32 ounces / 4 cups Applesauce Unsweetened is best
6 ounces Protein Protein – Favorites include cooked chicken, ground turkey and eggs. You can boil, broil or roast the chicken, pan cook the ground turkey using extra virgin olive oil and scramble the eggs. We do not recommend you give your sugar gliders pork or beef because of the high fat content and once again, fat gliders are not happy and health.
1 tablespoon Ground flax seed or wheat germ (Optional) This is optional if you are using fresh fruits and vegetables.

Directions:

1. Finely chop your fruits and vegetables. We recommend using a food processor. If you do not have one, make sure you chop your fruits and vegetables into small pieces. Remember the size of the animal you are preparing food for.

2. Cook your protein – chicken, turkey, or eggs.

3. In a large bowl, put all ingredients except the oatmeal and stir vigorously. You want to make sure all ingredients have been incorporated and mixed thoroughly.

4. Depending on the thickness of your mix, add oatmeal. You do not want a runny or too thick of a mix, but one that has the consistency of a cake mix.

5. You will want to divide the mixture in smaller containers to freeze.

6. Sprinkle your multi-vitamin with calcium on top of the food your serve each day. Use 1/8th teaspoon of vitamins per sugar glider. Always keep your multi-vitamins with calcium powder in the refrigerator, but do not freeze.  (Vitamin can be ordered from http://www.thepetglider.com)

Here are some pictures of my suggies.  They are all named after Harry Potter characters!  Dobby, Winky, Nymphadora, and Minerva.

Dobby and Winky live in one cage.  Dobby is a standard grey.  He is fairly friendly and will let us pet him, he doesn’t care for being picked up and may give a warning little nip if he is uncomfortable.  He loves treats, specifically live meal worms (as you will see posted).  Winky is a White Face Blonde and is not friendly but is getting better.  She used to lunge, try to bite painfully, and make loud crab-like noises.  Now she doesn’t lunge, crabs less, and willingly accepts treats!

In the other cage, Nymphadora and Minerva live.  Nymphadora is our sweetest, most loving glider of all.  She has beautiful Mosaic coloring with bright dark sparkling eyes.  She loves attention and is perfect!  Minerva is an adorable Cremeino with bright ruby eyes.  She watches Nymphadora’s behavior and is nearly as sweet.  She makes crabby noises but rarely bites.  She likes to groom my hand and is super cute!

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Our Assateague Island Trips

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Assateague Island is a national park near Ocean City, MD and 1/4 mile east of Chincoteague, VA.  It contains over 37 miles of beach filled with beautiful seashells along the shore.

More than 300 wild ponies  wander along the beaches, dunes,  and salt marshes. Some people believe that the wild horses arrived there with early colonial settlers.  Others believe that the wild horses arrived when a Spanish galleon cargo ship sank off the coast and the cargo of horses swam to shore.  To further credit that belief, in 1997 a Spanish shipwreck was discovered off Assateague Island.

Additionally, Assateague Island is also one of the most popular birding destinations in the United States.   There are over 300 species of migratory and resident birds.  It is an vital part of the Atlantic flyway and the prime habitat for thousand of waterfowl and other birds with migration instincts that take them north and south each year.

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My husband and I have visited there a couple of times this year.  Tim enjoyed his metal detecting while I snapped hundreds of pictures.  I was hoping to find some of the ponies in the ocean or on the beach but unfortunately I did not get lucky.  I only saw a few on the sidewalk and that was exciting.  Next year, I intend on visiting in July when they have their annual pony swim.

Early Days of Babe Ruth

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My husband and I love to explore abandoned buildings.  It is fun imaging all the happenings that occurred during better times and wonder what came to pass during other times .  I love to photograph them while he metal detects.

This piece of land started out as St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys.  Attended in 1902 was George “Babe” Ruth Jr.  and he was a resident there until he signed a contract with the Baltimore Orioles in 1914.  St. Mary’s was comprised of roughly 800 students, some committed by the courts, and some were boarders whose presence was paid for by their parents.  It changed names upon extensive renovations in the early 1960’s.

Cardinal Gibbons was a Roman Catholic Middle and High School for boys founded in 1962 located in Baltimore, MD.  It was established by the Archdiocese of Baltimore and was named for Baltimore’s most renowned churchman James Cardinal Gibbons.  It’s enrollment at it’s best was 1,000 students but due to economic strains and declining enrollments, the private institution was forced to close in 2010.  Even after many attempts to reopen, the school remains closed and the grounds were purchased by St. Agnes Hospital in 2012.

Sad outcome for the home of Babe Ruth….  people travel from far to see where he started out.

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Bella’s Warriors!

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IMG_6787 IMG_6789 IMG_6790“Fighting to make cf stand for cure found” is Bella’s motto for her team at the Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis Walk that took place at the Naval Academy on June 5th.  The walk raised almost $200,000 towards finding a cure and Bella’s Warriors raised almost $4,000 of that amount.  Bella’s Warriors is a National Team because she has participants in several states participating in the Great Strides Walk at their location.

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Cystic fibrosis is an inherited genetic disease characterized by the buildup of thick, sticky mucus that can damage many of the body’s organs  The airways, digestive system, reproductive system, and other organs and tissues are affected.  This abnormal mucus can clog the airways, leading to significant problems with breathing and bacterial infections in the lungs. These infections cause chronic coughing, wheezing, and inflammation. Over time, mucus buildup and infections result in permanent lung damage, including the formation of scar tissue (fibrosis) and cysts in the lungs.  Additionally. many times the digestive system is affected causing digestive and growth problems.

Cystic Fibrosis is most common among the white population occurring 1 in 2,500 to 3,500 newborns.  Less common among African Americans, it affects this group 1 in 17,000 and Asian Americans 1 in 31,000.  In order to have Cystic Fibrosis, each parent must carry one copy of the mutated gene.  The parents may never show or symptom of the disease.  Sometimes the disease does not show itself until the child has a serious of lung infections or growth problems.  The earlier the disease is diagnosed, the easier it can be controlled.

I can see a cure being found in the future for this life-threatening disease!

Fun with Foxes!

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My husband and I by accident found a great place to see a colony of red foxes, plus some other pretty sights!  My hubby loves to metal detect while I photograph any and every thing!

Red foxes are not pack animals which we know to be true because we saw a fight or two among each other when going after the food that we and several other people left for them.  They feed on rodents, rabbits, birds, and other small animals but their appetite is flexible depending upon their environment, sometimes even dining on trash.

These pictures are a bit scrambled.  Most of them are of the foxes but some are of the (very) small beach, of my son fishing (with bad results), my hubby metal detecting near by, and some of the seagulls that were hanging around begging for food.

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Outerbanks ….

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My husband turned 50 the end of last month.  As a surprise, which was planned months ago, I arranged a trip for us to go the Outer Banks.  As he metal detected, which is his passion, I took pictures, which is my passion!

We stayed in a town named, “Kill Devil Hills.”  This name has been on the map as early as 1809.  Interesting name and the meaning is even more interesting.

According to legend, some say the pirates (whom called the shores home) named the town.  The pirates spent their nights making moonshine and brewed such horrific batches of rum that they were thought to “kill the devil!”

Others claim the name came about from a well-liked brand of rum named Kill Devin Rum.  Evidently, ships returning from the tropic with huge cargo boxes of rum became shipwrecked and the cargo washed upon the shores where the locals were able to enjoy great amounts of rum – enough to “kill the devil!”

Possibly the most fantastic tale involved an impoverished recluse who once lived in the woods on the sound side of the island.  In desperation, he sold his soul to the devil in return for a bag of gold.  The devil swore he would return one week later to bring the gold, but during that time, the recluse started having second thoughts and created a plan that would save his soul.  He dug a deep hole in the dangerous quicksand at the tip of the sand dune and covered it.  When the devil showed, the recluse enticed him into the sand pit, where the devil met his fate.IMG_8311 IMG_8570 IMG_8583 IMG_8590 IMG_8591 IMG_8603-Edit copy IMG_8635 IMG_8641 IMG_8641-2 IMG_8644 IMG_8650 IMG_8666 IMG_8669 IMG_8682 IMG_8694 IMG_8788 IMG_8815 IMG_8845 IMG_8851 IMG_8895 IMG_8968

No matter where the name actually came about, it is an incredible town and will became frequented by my family!

Oriole Game!

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Out of my realm of normalcy, I am going to post some pictures from a recent Oriole game that I attended this past weekend.  The Baltimore Orioles are 9 games in 1st place!  We haven’t played this well in decades and this is boost in the arm for the city of Baltimore!

I included some pictures of me and my family!

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Canada Geese

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The Canada Geese are often found in pairs or flocks.  They adapt easily to many habitats, and thrive wherever grass, grains, or berries are available.  Typically, they live in northern North America and fly south when the cold winter arrives.  When they migrate, they form aerodynamic v-formations and can cover 1,500 miles in 24 hours in favorable winds.  They remain in flocks year-around, except while nesting.

Down on the Farm…..

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Went to visit my aunt and uncle yesterday.  It was a lot of fun visiting and I took a few pictures, of course.  

There were hundreds of dragonflies, which I am obsessed with.

My son went fishing  but unfortunately, his hook was too small and the fish outsmarted him.  

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