What do they look like? Squirrel Gliders are a small marsupial growing up to 300 grams. They are covered in soft grey fur with a black stripe on their head. They have large eyes to suit their nocturnal lifestyle. They have a thin membrane that extends from their 5th finger to 1st toe which allows them to glide through the air. Their long tail is used to assist in balancing.
Where do they live? The Squirrel Gliders preferred habitat is dry forest and woodlands. They live in colonies of up to 10 animals which shelter during the day in nests made in deep tree hollows.
What do they eat? Squirrel Gliders eat beetles and caterpillars as well as fruits, nectar and pollen. A favourite food is also the gum from acacias and the sap of certain eucalypt species.
Behaviour: Gliders are nocturnal animals. Their gliding membrane allows them to volplane up to 70 meters from tree to tree. This gliding ability allows them to move around freely, rarely coming to the ground where they are most vulnerable.
Reproduction: During the breeding season females will produce one, but more often two young which are carried in the pouch for the first 2-3 months of their life. Joeys will then stay in the nest until they are large enough to venture out on foraging excursions with their mother.
Threats: Squirrel glider populations have been greatly reduced due to clearing of land for agriculture and forestry removing large mature trees with well-developed tree hollows. Domestic animals such as cats and dogs have also significantly affected the population, as has the induction of feral animal species such as the fox.
Conservation Status: Rare.