Status: Not threatened or endangered.
Their large beady eyes are what make them so endearing. Sugar gliders are nocturnal animals that rely on the hollows of trees to find a good place to settle down for the day. They are most common in eastern coastal areas of Australia. Sugar gliders are small marsupials with grey fur, a black stripe between their eyes and as their name suggests they glide when moving from tree to tree. Adults weigh 100-160 grams and like humans, the male is usually slightly heavier than the female. They feed on sap and insects and are normally found in open forest areas near their favourite wattle trees. Breeding starts in June or July and females usually give birth to no more than two young at a time. The young become independent at around 7 to 10 months old. The major environmental threat to this animal is habitat fragmentation that occurs with the clearing of forests.