Aug 12 Reblogged
Hiya FRIDAY NIGHT! What a week with Kev’s folks here…I feel like i’m just peeking out of my box to see if the coast is clear - I tell ya, nice as they are, Ineed a bottle of wine to unwind and relax ;)
“Milky Way” a Leucistic - SUGAR GLIDER
Sugar gliders can be found all throughout the northern and eastern parts of mainland Australia, as well as the surrounding islands of Tasmania, Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia. They can be found in any forest where there is food supply but are commonly found in forests with eucalyptus trees. They are nocturnal — they sleep in their nests during the day and are active at night. At night, they hunt for insects and small vertebrates and feed on the sweet sap of certain species of eucalyptus, acacia and gum trees. The sugar glider is named for its preference for nectar-based foods and its ability to glide through the air, much like a flying squirrel.
They live in tree hollows in groups of up to seven adults, plus the current season’s young, all sharing a nest and defending their territory, an example of helping at the nest. A dominant adult male will mark his territory and members of the group with saliva and a scent produced by separate glands on the forehead and chest. Intruders who lack the appropriate scent marking are expelled violently. [hard to imagine them doing anything violently].
When the food is scarce, as in winter, heat production within the Sugar Glider is lowered in order to reduce energy expenditure and enter “torpor” which is a lightweight hibernation. With low energy and heat production, it is important for the sugar glider to peak its body mass by fat content in autumn (May/June) in order to survive the following cold season. In the wild, sugar gliders enter into daily torpor more often than sugar gliders in captivity
Fact Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sugar_glider
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