Pet Parenting 101: What To Do If A Sugar Glider Bites You

A woman applying a medicine for a bite wound

Are you aware of what to do if a sugar glider bites you? For a newbie and concerned pet parents, this would be a good starting point for you.

For a more thorough understanding, continue reading and exploring this post.

Sugar Glider As Pets

According to National Geographic, Sugar Gliders are palm-sized mammals that can glide. They can fly with the assistance of their “wings” made from thin skin extended between the fifth forefinger and back ankle. They commonly live in trees located in tropical and cool-temperate woodlands, and they are wide-awake at night since they are nocturnal animals.

You can keep these small mammals as pets, but before considering buying one, you’ll have to be aware that they aren’t as easy to train as common household pets like dogs and cats.

You also have to consider if you can provide them with the right environment and if you can spend more time bonding with them. If you’re interested to know more, you may visit this article about training sugar gliders.

Also, sugar gliders bite painfully. For good measure, understanding what to do if a sugar glider bites you is a must.

Cleaning The Wound From A Sugar Glider Bite

Now, what to do if a sugar glider bites you? Before that, you might as well know that well-cared sugar gliders won’t give you a disease with their bite. 

Since they are small, their bites might draw tiny blood, but the wound shouldn’t be that serious. If you do get bitten, don’t hastily pull your hands away, for this might lead you back to square one of the bonding series.

How to treat a sugar glider’s bite? Start by cleaning the wound with water and soap, then dry it up. Proceed to apply an antiseptic agent to the injury and cover it with a band aid (optional).

How can you prevent the gliders from biting again?

For this, you might want to know why they would bite you in the first place. See the following reasons for the causes:

  1. Being in a new place might cause them to feel scared, resulting in their instinct to fight when held.
  2. You can get bitten as they test your boundaries.
  3. They are grooming you. Once sugar gliders trust you, they’ll initiate affection through grooming, which would hurt because humans don’t have fur and sugar gliders can’t identify the differences.
  4. A change of smell might cause you to become unrecognizable.


No matter how prepared you are, you’ll get bitten at least once in your life by these little creatures. Just know that they don’t carry diseases with them. They also don’t have rabies, so the bite should be worth it if you’re still in the getting-to-know-each-other phase.

Having patience and spending more time bonding with your sugar glider would help ease their fear and apprehension bit by bit. Without proper preparation, you should postpone the adoption and continue learning more.

Hopefully, this article was able to help you understand the responsibilities you’ll have upon adoption and what to do if a sugar glider bites you.



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