General Description

Body fur grey with a dark stripe along the middle of the head and along the back. Underparts pale grey to cream. End of tail black with a white tip. Gliding membrane of skin between the elbow and the ankle. Eyes reflect a pale red shine when spotted with a torch. Body up to 20 cm, tail up to 21 cm. Call a distinctive 'yip yip' call that sounds like the yapping of a small dog.

Biology

Sugar Gliders can glide for 50 m between trees. Young are born between July and August in Victoria, but can occur throughout the year in Queensland. Young are carried on the mother's back until they are able to care for themselves. Sugar Gliders feed on gums, nectar, pollen and invertebrates.

Distribution

Eastern and northern mainland Australia and Tasmania.

Habitat

Open woodlands and forests.

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