Commonly confused with flying squirrels, they are different from this mammal in that gliders are more social and live twice as long — about 12 to 15 years.
The Association of Sugar Glider Veterinarians provides a video on what to expect when bringing a sugar glider home.
Before buying, make sure the sugar glider’s eyes are bright and shiny, its tail is fully furred and its coat is soft, not rumpled. Likewise, make sure no animals in the same cage look ill.
Observe the pet’s personality to make sure it will be a good fit. Sugar gliders should be well socialized when sold. Make sure the pet is friendly and not skittish. Ask to hold it; a reputable seller will allow this.