How Much Does a Sugar Glider Cost?
Sugar gliders are exotic animals that have become popular domestic pets. They are considered great additions to a family but require adequate attention and care. There are several things to consider before buying a sugar glider and each one of them is vital to the health and safety of the animals. Cost is a foremost consideration and is a reason why careful thought prior to any purchase is extremely important.
How much does it cost?
- The cost of a sugar glider will greatly depend on the gender and the type. On average, be prepared to pay anywhere from $150 to as much as $600 for a sugar glider.
- For example, GliderCentral.com sells sugar gliders in pairs or in multiple quantities. A pair of standard grey gliders sold as pets cost $400. One large cage costs $150 while the 1-Wheel option costs $50. Three cage sets cost $90 or $30 each.
- At ThePetGlider.com, the cost of young sugar gliders or joeys are as follows:
- Classic Male – $199
- White Face Blonde Female – $250 to $299
- White Face Blonde Male – $299 to $300
- Classic Female Cage Mates – $398
- Classic Male & Double Het – $450
- Classic Female Trio – $599
- Classic Female & 100% Het for Albino – $500
- White Face Blonde Female & 100% Het for Albino – $600
- At ToandFroGliders.com, the cost of sugar gliders are as follows:
- Normals – $200
- WF Blondes with one Normal Parent – $250
- WF Blondes with Two Blonde Parents – $350
- WF Blonde with Two Blonde Parents, Three WFB Grandparents – $375
- WF Cinnamon Blonde with One Blonde Parent – $350
- WF Cinnamon Blonde with Two Blonde Parents – $400
- Third Generation Blondes with Blonde Parents and Grandparents on Both Sides (4 blonde grandparents) – $400
- Possible Leucistic Het 50% chance normal color – $450
- Fourth Generation Blonde – $450
- Fourth Generation Blonde (Sunkissed) – $550
- Possible Leucistic 66% chance WFB – $550
- 50% Albino Het – $500 to $550
- 50% Albino Het WFB – $650-$750
- 33% Het Albino – $300
- 100% Leucistic Het Female – $600
- 100% Leucistic Het Male – $650
- 100% Leucistic WFB Het – $650
- 100% Albino Het – $1,500
- 100% Cremino Het – $1,500 to 2,000
- 100% Leucistic Female/Male – $1,600
- 100% Leucistic Female/Male from WFB Leucistic – $1,600
- Albino Female – $3,500
- Albino Male – $5,000
What is going to be included?
- Sugar gliders can be bought in pairs or in groups. They are considered social colony animals, which is why animal experts recommend that they be bought in multiple numbers.
- They also come in various colors and varieties. Many of them offered for sale these days are domestically raised babies and are usually gray in color. Other varieties include the following: White Face Blonde, Black Beauty, Brownie/Brown Beauty/Chocolate, Mosaic/Pinto, Leucistic (Black Eyed White), Platinum, Cremeino (a variation of the albino gene), Albino, and White Tip Tail.
What are the extra costs?
- Getting sugar gliders entails spending money on toys and foods for the animals. At some sugar glider stores, a set of toys can cost about $50 while sugar glider food can be bought for $30. A cage is also a necessity for sugar gliders. A large cage can cost $150. Wellness exams are likewise offered for the animals and can cost $50 per glider. Neutering, which is something that you should think about if you have both males and females, can cost upwards of $150.
- Shipping of the sugar gliders is usually charged separately. At some breeders, the cost of shipping joeys can be $200, which may include the carrier, inside carrier as well as the pouch. An additional $5 may be required for a second young sugar glider to be shipped. Check the shipping policy of the breeder to be certain of how much to pay for.
- Usually, sugar gliders that have multiple colors are going to cost more than those who have a solid color coat.
Factors that influence the price:
- Variety. Sugar gliders are available in different varieties. The most common classic gray sugar gliders usually cost $200 each. At many breeders, the most expensive varieties are male Albinos and Creme-inos, which can each cost up to $5,000 and $7,500, respectively.
- Gender. With most animals and pets, the female is the more expensive one since it is used for breeding. However, the male sugar gliders are much more expensive than the females. For example, a female albino will cost about $1000, but a male one can go for as high as $5000.
- Purpose. The price of a sugar glider is also dependent on the buyer’s purpose. Sugar gliders can be bought as pets or for breeding purposes. When buying them as pets, the price can be much lower compared with getting them as breeders. For example, a White Face Blonde male purchased as a pet can cost $250, $300 when bought neutered, and $400 for a breeder.
Tips to know:
- Sugar gliders are not legal to have as pets in some states. In other areas, breeders are required to have a USDA license. Before making any purchase, be sure to ask local authorities with regard to regulations concerning the animals.
- Sugar gliders in captivity have a survival rate of up to 15 years, with proper and adequate care. It is vital for anyone planning to care for them as pets to be completely informed about the animals to ensure that they receive the right treatment.
- Experts on sugar gliders advise against buying them at pet stores, flea markets, or at state fairs. The reason for this recommendation is that there is a big likelihood that the animals being sold in these places come from mill breeders who have unacceptable conditions and have a high percentage of mortalities. It is recommended that sugar gliders be bought only at reputable breeders to ensure that they are in good health and that their origins can be ascertained.
- Find a vet before adopting. A lot of vets do not have experience with this sort of animal. Without the proper health attention, you are putting your pet at risk.
How can I save money?
- Ask reputable breeders about discounts. Many of them are willing to give reduced rates on same sex pairs or when more than one sugar glider is adopted at the same time. Payment plans are also offered on request.