Won’t be at Pet Epicure this weekend and next

Short post guys, really sorry but due to exams on Monday till Wednesday, I have to cancel all meetings at Pet Epicure this Sunday (29 May 2011) and I will be at Pet World Malaysia 2011 on 4 and 5 June 2011, so I would not be able to meet people at Pet Epicure. You guys are welcome to look for me at Pet World 2011.

New sub-species in demand

I have always been asked what is the difference between sugar gliders that we keep as pets in Asia and that of USA, what’s the difference? Aren’t they the same? Then there are people that goes, sugar gliders from Indonesia no value, ugly, not attractive….. well guys, believe it or not, now sugar gliders from Indonesia is a big thing now. New natural colour mutations from sub-species.

From the picture, I have a feeling our sugar gliders are from Irian Jaya, particularly Merauke and Sorong….. Here is a pic for reference. Not my original picture mind you but borrowed.

Why so? Well, I remembered I saw someone’s joey that he brought for me to check, it’s front hands and feet have no dark colouration, the Merauke has no dark colouration on their front hands. They also appear to have longer bodies and tails but slimmer in built. Lean and large, I believe we have Merauke in Malaysia, just maybe mixed breed with the Sorong glider, which majority of us all have. Also, the Merauke can come in brown colouration, which is called Caramel and there is an albino version of the caramel as well. Big demand now in the USA as this sub-species can interbreed with their gliders to strengthen the gene. Also, dark eye bands, dark black stripes with longish tails and brownish fur with grey, a yellowish face…. this can be sugar gliders of Sorong. I mostly have this type I think. I’m trying to contact a researcher in the US to see what she can share with me about them.

How about white tips? Apparently in Indonesia there is a sub-species in Nabire that has sugar gliders with naturally white tips. So are our white tips from the US line or from Nabire in Indonesia? That is still something to research on. Hopefully I can gather more info soon.

If possible, I may want to travel to Indonesia next year to get in touch with breeders there on the species of sugar gliders in their country and to learn more about them.

Concerned

Yes, another article today but it was brought up by a reader called Yanti, about sugar gliders being native to Malaysia. Her comment:

Sugar Gliders are protected under the enactment of National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972? Where person who owns,who sell can be apprehended and prosecuted? FYI, sugar gliders in Malaysia(Brown in color, which is native from the forest of Malaysia) is not the same as the Aussies (Grey in color)havent u did any research?or even seek consult from the experts (i.g Irshad Mubarak-the guide for Prime Minister and advisor at Langkawi forest reserve)????And gliders live in colony during breeding season..most of the time there are solitary..u ader bace research jurnal tak?im just informing while educate awareness on all who reading this including u..no offense but i talked to most conservationist out there saying that i did great..that’s all..well,the glider i found may be in their teen age(as i described the morphology to the conservationist),it’s a suitable age for them to explore and fend for themselves in the wild(if they were in captive before).Back from the beginning,it’s still wrong to take them from the wild and sell the gliders( while there are still depend on their mother)separated from their mother..sedeyh betol!

I wonder if there is confusion with sugar gliders and flying squirrels or squirrel gliders. Under…..

AKTA PERLINDUNGAN HIDUPAN LIAR 1972 ( Akta 76 )

JADUAL SATU

BINATANG-BINATANG LIAR YANG DIPERLINDUNGI SEPENUHNYA

Sugar gliders are not protected or under any CITES list. They are fully protected in Australia but not in Malaysia. Flying squirrels or squirrel gliders are 100% fully protected in Malaysia and should never be kept as pets. I am no conservationist student or biologist or what ever related profession in the flora and fauna of Malaysia, but this is from my own research, information that I get from overseas and of course the senior retired vet from Zoo Negara. If anyone has concrete information in black and white about sugar gliders being native to Malaysia, I would appreciate it if you could mail it to me. As I am also learning, if it is true that they are native to Malaysia, then I would stop this blog and my hobby and release my sugar gliders back into the wild.

According to Jabatan Perhilitan Semenanjung Malaysia:

sugar glider is not listed under the new Wildlife Conservation Act 2010 [Act 716], thus requires no license to keep it. For your information this species is also not listed under CITES appendixes and are widely bred in captivity.

Sugar gliders from Thailand?

It’s been kinda crazy lately. I see adverts popping up especially in Mudah.my of sellers trying to sell off joeys as 100% fully imported sugar gliders from Australia. Hey guys, I already wrote an article on when Australia banned sugar glider exportation. Our sugar gliders are all from Indonesia, some maybe from Papua New Guinea. Then how about Thailand? Gliders are not native animals from Thailand, they get their stock from Indonesia as well.

Again, bear in mind, a hobbyist home breeder can never churn up 20 to 30 sugar glider joeys in a week or a month. I own 30 adults, and I only get a few joeys in a few months, in a year I may end up having close to 12 joeys for sale but most often less because I do not practice overbreeding nor force breeding. Commercial mass breeders do force breeding by taking the joeys away at too young of an age, then feeding loads of cat food to boost protein intake to make them breed. In the end what happens? Unhealthy joeys and breeding adult gliders that die in 3 years. Pitiful.

Here are some facts:

Sugar glider joeys are white, grey and black in colour. They will change their colour a bit as they grow older, depending on the shade of natural grey to brown tinting.

Sugar gliders start breeding at 10 months old. So people saying Indonesian gliders do not breed at 1 year old, rubbish, full of fake facts.

Sugar gliders that are properly bred are tame. Underage joeys are always tame because they are so blur and scared that they just never bite or fight back.

Please do not get cheated by these new “so called authentic suppliers or sellers”. What they are selling is false advertising to make you believe in them so that you would buy. Heck, the joeys are even going for RM200. If it is fully imported, I would sell it for RM400 because the permit to import is high, the license to obtain from overseas and dealers is high as well. If the price is low, it means the sugar gliders were illegally smuggled or all brought from indonesia because the cost price for a glider from Indonesian suppliers is like what, RM50 a joey……

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

I can’t believe it is the 3rd anniversary of Suggies At Home! Wow, time flies when you are having fun.

I’d like to thank everyone, all my friends, readers and my family for all the support they have shown me. You guys, my readers, you guys are the ones who have made this blog what it is today. You guys are my driving force when it comes to writing articles and to update this blog. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Anyway, Happy 3rd Birthday to Suggies At Home!!!!!

Suggies At Home officially turns 3 years old on 21 May. I started blogging in the year 2008. Since since 17 May 2009, Suggies At Home has had 43,245 hits. Awesome!!!!!

Sugar gliders into our jungles?

I received a comment that I found worrying. If everyone does this when they come across a stray sugar glider, then there are 2 possibilities that could happen.

Let me just give a simple scenario:

” A stray sugar glider comes about. You saw it, caught it, see that it looks lost but do not want to keep it. Since it is an aboreal animal and likes trees, you release it into the jungle so it can live a happy free life”

OR

“You kept a few sugar gliders for a year, then you realise that it looks and feels cruel to keep them in cages. So you decided to set them free into the jungle”

So is it the right action to take? A big big BIG NO…..

Why?

Our sugar gliders, majority are captive bred sugar gliders. Wild sugar gliders would never ever enter a person’s home. If a glider somehow strays into your home, it is someone’s lost pet. It was just seeking out some shelter. All it knows is that the house or room is the safest place to hide and be at away from predators. A captive bred or kept sugar glider only knows one source of food, from your hands. They do not know what is edible in the wild, they do not know the dangers of other animals. Some of my gliders are not afraid of dogs and cats. There are many predators like snakes, owls, wild cats and monitor lizards that would make a meal out of a glider that is stoning from shock of being alone in an unfamiliar place. All it knows is its warm cage, comfy snuggly sleeping pouch and the familiar sounds of it’s home and owner and the security of it’s home.

Setting a sugar glider that you have kept as a pet into the wild is wrong. Just like the above, they cannot defend themselves.

What about the other possibility?

If the sugar glider does somehow survives, it would actually be fighting for survival with our local tree shrews or tupai or squirrels. Then what? We actually disrupt the whole natural ecosystem. By introducing a foregin animal into our environment, there may be problems like certain animals or insects going extinct. Or certain roots, shrubs and shoots going damaged by sugar gliders eating and chewing on them. It is wrong and in fact ILLEGAL to set a non-local animal free into our country’s jungles.

So what to do if you have found a sugar glider?

Firstly, it’s owner of course would be dreadfully upset so do the right thing, take in the sugar glider, feed it. Then take a picture of it, post some flyers around your area. If no one claims it, you could always contact me or you can put it for adoption.

Bare in mid, Zoo Negara and SPCA would not accept sugar gliders.

Pet World Malaysia 2011

The pet event of the year is here again. Of course, I will be there. If you would like to meet me and my gliders, do try locating me. I will be hanging out at Petster Booth and of course around the area. Look out for me as I will be wearing something that would attract your attention. Anyway, do not miss these dates!

Saturday and Sunday would be open to the public.

Not around this weekend

Hi everyone, I won’t be around this weekend. Will be away on a trip out of Kuala Lumpur. GliderSLURP is available at Pet Epicure but no consultation services from me this week. See you guys next weekend.

Oh wow, commercial breeders…..

I just stumbled upon some pictures of how a mass breeder’s breeding facility looks like. I do not own any of these pictures, now did I photoshop and recreate it. Since it was on the Internet and available for view, it is meant for the public to see. Hope you guys understand why I have been so against commercial mass breeders.

So people, stop buying from pet shops, online dealers, online agents, online sellers looking for a quick ringgit by selling cheap sugar gliders. Get from proper recommended or experienced homebreeders.

Australian or Indonesian???

I think it was either a few days ago or a week ago that I saw an ad in Mudah.my on Australian sugar gliders. This person, the commercial seller was proudly advertising that his sugar glider joeys are 100% imported from Australia and they will always stay grey are tamer than Indonesian sugar gliders and breed faster.

Do you want to know the whole truth and nothing but the truth?

Sugar gliders are native to yes, Australia, Indonesia and also Papua New Guinea. Sugar gliders that are imported for our pet trade are basically coming from Indonesia. Why? It is cheaper and easier to get and sell to Asian countries. There are a few illegally smuggled gliders from Papua New Guinea, rarely from Australia because they are banned pets in Australia and the government banned export of sugar gliders since 1969, Parliment of Australia on pets

About being tamer and grey….. rubbish. Sugar gliders that have been properly bred and handled are tame, but proper age joeys are very independent and when they are handled by new people, they may show signs of defending themselves by crabbing, swipping their claws at you and even biting if you mishandle them or scare them crazy. Underage joeys, which are normally sold these days by unethical sellers, are so blur, so inexperience and so baby-like that they do not know how to defend themselves nor give a proper crab or bite, so they appear more “cute and baby-like”, which of course brings about so many impulse buys. Sugar gliders taken from the wild would of course be wild and untame. Sugar gliders born in captivity and never handled before will of course be wild just like a wild caught sugar glider. So this person advertising saying they are super tame, rubbish rubbish rubbish. All just a gimmick to sell more gliders to inexperience people.

Grey, our sugar gliders are the natural grey wild colour. All joeys start out with a very even deep grey coat of fur. As they grow older, they can change their fur colour, this depends on their parentage. I have gliders who are adults and stay their true grey, I have adults that have a yellow tint not from staining but its natural pigment. I have gliders that a a lil brown from staining. This all depends on the way you keep and also diet. Mostly breeding gliders would stain a bit. The colour can vary, some gliders can stay grey, some would develop a brownish tint or a yellowish tint. Those that develop a brownish tint or yellowish tint tend to have a creamy coloured face.

Then how about sugar gliders from the American pet trade? I know that in Malaysia, a few commercial breeders have imported sugar gliders of a few colours from the US. But they are keeping them only for breeding and we may not be getting any different coloured gliders so soon because they may not be breeding according to genetic research in colour breeding but from their own “experience or knowledge”. Anyway, they end up with many normal coloured gliders, which can be het or not het, means carry the colour gene or not at all. So these get sold off into the market or just sold of to other breeders to just breed more gliders. So some of us, may have a few that could be related to some glider from Papua New Guinea or America.

Do understand, we have gliders that are majority from Indonesia. No one has the rights or permits or license to legally import sugar gliders from Australia. If that person has it, that person should prove me wrong and post up his permit to legally show that he is indeed legally getting from Australia. If not, please do not support the illegal smuggling of sugar gliders.

Why? I will explain in another article.