Sugar gliders are small marsupials that inhabit the tropical forests of Australia and New Guinea. The species is nocturnal, sleeping in tree holes during the day and foraging for food at night. It has a special flap of skin extending from the front paws to the back ankles that enables it to glide from tree to tree. They are known to glide up to 150 feet.
In the wild, sugar gliders live in large family groups and eat a widely varied diet of insects, small animals, eucalyptus sap, and flower nectar. With proper care, they can live for 12 to 14 years in captivity.