questionnaire

Questionnaire

You may copy and paste the questionnaire provided below. If you are unable to scan your signed copy for email, contact me to mail it.

Our courtesy to ALL4GLIDERS for allowing us to use this questionnaire

This questionnaire is simply that. It is not a test that you can pass or fail. I just want to get an idea of where you are standing and your current glider knowledge. Please fill this out to the best of your ability and do any research you may need to in order to answer each question if you need to. There is a section at the end reserved for questions. If you have any, please do not hesitate to ask. Sugar gliders are complex creatures and require a special deal of knowledge and care. I would rather provide you with any help I can rather than have you feel confused or unknowing about something.


Sugar Glider Adoption Questionnaire

Name:

Street Address:

City:

State/Province:

Zip/Postal Code:

Phone 1:

Phone 2:

E-mail:

General Info

Are you currently a glider owner? If so, how many and for how long have you owned them?

Males _____
Females _____
Neutered Males _____

Do you have any breeding Gliders? If so, how many?

Who might you turn to, other then your vet, for glider related advice?

Which internet forums can you go to for emergency advice or help with bonding, general health, medical problems or diet issues? Are you currently registered with any?

Do children live in the home?

Who will be responsible for your sugar gliders?

If your residence is rented or leased, does your lease allow for pets?

Exotic Veterinarian’s Info

Please have an exotic vet lined up for any care your glider may need. Fill out all fields possible below.

Vets Name:

Title:

Office Name:

Street Address:

City:

State/Province:

Zip/Postal Code:

Country:

Office Phone:

Emergency Phone:

Fax:

E-mail:

URL:

Glider Knowledge Questionnaire

This questionnaire is designed to help us match up gliders with owners. It is not a test you can pass or fail but a tool used to help us make your experience with your new glider the best possible. Please take the time to fill in as much as you can. You can also use this as a guide to assist you in your research.

Physiology

1. What is the scientific name for sugar glider?

2. How many days is a female pregnant?

3. How many days (approximately) are the joeys in pouch?

4. At what age do joeys wean from their mother’s milk?

5. If you see two red worm-like structures protruding out of a sugar glider’s cloacae (anus), what are you looking at?

6. What causes a bald spot to appear on the male sugar glider’s head?

7. At about what age do males sexually mature?

8. At about what age do females sexually mature?

Dietary

9. What diet do you feel is best for sugar gliders and why?

10. What is the recommended calcium to phosphorus ratio (ca:P) and why is it important?

11. What are foods that gliders should never have?

12. Why are bugs an important element in a glider’s diet?

13. How often and at what time of the day do gliders need to be fed?

Health

14. What is the average life span of a healthy captive raised sugar glider?

15. When and how often should you take your glider to the vet?

16.How does a harness/leash pose danger to sugar gliders?

17. What are signs/symptoms of an ill glider?

18. What is HLP, what are the symptoms and what are the possible causes?

19. What does hissing while urinating possibly indicate?

20. What is SM and what are some of the reasons this may occur?

21. If you suspect your glider is SM, what is the first thing you should do?

22. Why should new gliders be quarantined (kept separate) from other gliders and for how long?

23. Can sugar gliders die from stress?

24. Why do gliders need to have their nails trimmed and how often might this need to be done?

25. Should their teeth ever need to be clipped or floated?

26. How much money should you have set aside in case emergency treatment becomes necessary?

27. What are some of the reasons a female might cannibalize her own joeys?

Housing

28. What is the minimum recommended size cage for two gliders?

29. What materials would be safe for glider cages to be made out of?

30. What cage material should not be used and why?

31. What type of fabric are most cage accessories made of and what are the potential problems with using the wrong type of fabric?

32. How often should the cage and accessories be cleaned?

33. How often should you clean the drop tray/change the bedding?

34. What is NOT safe to use as bedding and why?

35. What type of wheels are considered unsafe for gliders and why?

36. Where is the best location in your home for your glider’s cage?

Socialization and Introductions

37. How much time does a glider need during the day for bonding?

38. How much out of cage play time does a glider need and how often?

39. Do gliders do better as singles or in pairs/multiples?

40. Why is it important to keep non-neutered males separated from each other?

41. Why should you not put an adult male in with a young female?

42. What is the best way to introduce two gliders to each other?

43. What time do gliders normally wake up wanting to play?

44. Do gliders make good pets for young children? Why or why not?

The What If’s

While you are not required to provide these answers (answering is optional), you should consider them.

45. What if you have to move to a state where they are illegal?

46. What if you have to move for work or school?

47. What if you and your spouse decide to have a baby? Will you still be able to dedicate the time to the gliders they need?

48. What if your glider gets sick and you don’t have enough money for the vet?

49. What if you find yourself facing life changes that will make glider ownership no longer possible? While we hope it never happens, who will take the gliders?

50. What if you find out that gliders are just not the right companion animal for you?

51. What if you decide to go on vacation and can not take your gliders with you?

52. Do you have any questions you would like to ask us?

I certify that the above information is correct to the best of my knowledge.

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