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Cages are one of the more important factors to keeping sugar gliders safely and happily.  A cage needs to be sized correctly for the animals inside and it also needs to be easy for the owner to maintain.  A cage also needs to have things inside to stimulate exercise and play.

Being arboreal, sugar gliders are well adapted to climbing and they seem to have a preference for being up high and safe.  A good cage for these critters is a tall one that has many shelves and tree limbs and places to be, to explore and and to hide.

Sugar gliders are most often purchased with tiny cages that are not suitable for their existence.  If you got your animal at a flea market, gun show or possibly even from a breeder, chances are that you cage is not suitable for the animal.

It's hard to say what is minimally acceptable for these animals.  To be honest, most of our efforts can not duplicate the freedom and open space they would have in the wild.  I can tell you that a 1ft x 1ft x 2ft cage is too small.

There are many cage choices on the market that are suitable for sugar gliders.  Most importantly is the ability to keep the animal inside and safe.  The cage will need to be standard 1/2" bar spacing and you need to make sure that there are no spaces larger as they are able to pry and wiggle through.  Any bird feeder or small doors must be tied closed.  The best access door configuration for sugar gliders is a swing open door.  Many of the flimsy wire cages have a lift up door which is ok until the day comes when the door slips out of your grasp and you accidentally guillotene your animal; and it will.

Here are some links to a few popular and generally accepted cages in the sugar glider community:

Exel Tower Large
Exel Tower Extra-Large
A&E Flight Cage
J&M Sturdy Tower
Aviantelligence Large Tower


And then comes what you put inside of the cage.  Of great importance is the ability for the animal to exercise.  There are now some options for larger cage exercise wheels and the good ones will have the option to help maintain the animal's nails by sanding them down while exercising so you do not have to clip any more.

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