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The sugar glider is a relatively small marsupial; its head and body are approximately 120-320mm long and the tail has a length of 150-480mm. Sugar gliders are generally blue-greyish dorsally while their ventral surfaces are somewhat paler. A dark stripe runs down the back from the posterior end to the nose, while similar stripes are located on each side of the face running from the eye to the ear. Much like flying squirrels, sugar gliders have a gliding membrane which extends from the outer side of the fore foot to the ankle of the rear foot and may be opened by spreading out the limbs. The female sugar glider also has a well developed pouch. (Grizmek, 1990; Grove, 1996; http://www.evansville.net/%7Empzoo/4whenarr.htm; Nowak, 1997)
Other Physical Features: endothermic ; bilateral symmetry
Average mass: 110 g.
Average basal metabolic rate: 0.517 W.