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Australia, New Guinea

Sugar Glider

Despite its resemblance to the flying squirrel, the sugar glider is actually a marsupial.  Gliders have a membrane called the petagium which stretches from the wrist to the ankle and allows the animal to glide up to 150 feet between trees.

 

Gliders live in small groups of several adult males and females and their young.  The dominant male scent marks the other members using the gland on the top of his head.  Any glider who is not from the group will not smell like the dominant male and will be attacked.

HABITATForests
DIETEucalyptus sap, pollen, nectar, fruit, small invertebrates
LIFE Expectancy4-7 years

Fun Fact
A group of otters is called a romp.
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