Suncoast Diet

Suncoast uses a three-part feeding routine:

A fresh protein source
A fresh source of fruit and/or vegetables sprinkled with vitamin and calcium supplements
A staple food available all day for random snacking - Suncoast uses Zookeeper's Secret

Protein Source

Fed on a 4-day rotation:

Gut loaded mealworms (10-12 small, 7-10 medium, or 3-5 large per glider)
Gut loaded crickets (3-5 per glider)
Boiled eggs (no shell) mixed with corn flakes or Special K, and honey or apple juice (1 heaping Tablespoon per 2 gliders)
Blueberry or peach yogurt (1 heaping Tablespoon per 2 gliders)

Fruits or Veggies

Suncoast recommends feeding an amount equivalent to 1/8 of an apple. Suncoast feeds the following fruits and veggies on a rotation (varying by availability): apples, pears, sweet potatoes, watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, carrots, kiwi, mango, oranges (once/week & never to joeys), and blueberries. This list is not intended to be all-inclusive.

Vitamin and Mineral Supplements

Suncoast recommends sprinkling a pinch of Vionate and Rep-Cal Calcium (phosphorous free without D3 added because Vionate contains D3) on the fruits and veggies. They warn against overdosing on the vitamins.

For breeding sugar gliders, Suncoast recommends sprinkling 1/8 Teaspoon of a milk replacer like Arnold's Choice Possum Milk Replacer on the fruits and veggies. It is ok for the male to eat the same foods as the lactating female.

Extra Advice

  • Newly weaned joeys should be fed Gerber chicken baby food mixed with applesauce or sweet potatoes instead of crickets and mealworms. Try offering small mealworms occasionally until the joey learns to love them.
  • June bugs or grasshoppers can be used in place of mealworms and crickets.
  • More details about the Suncoast Diet can be found at http://www.sugar-gliders.com/sugar-glider-diet.htm.

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