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#1392346 - 07/26/15 07:53 PM Cage Size/Recommendations?
Takaia Offline
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Registered: 07/15/15
Posts: 236
Loc: Montana
I need some advice on cage size, but looking through the cage posts on housing 101 is daunting to say the least. I've already spent a ton of time looking through there, and while there is a lot of good information there, most of the posts were very old and nearly all of the links no longer work! So I'm sorry if this is a repeat thread, as I know this has been discussed many times before, but I just can't find exactly the information I'm looking for.

I currently have 1 recently single glider with this cage:


She used to share it with one other glider. It is 36" x 30" x 18". I've found someone looking to get rid of their family of three gliders and I need a new cage to house them in while I introduce them, and in the end to house all 4 gliders in. The cage I currently have needs to be replaced anyway, and I assume it is not big enough for 4 gliders. Therefore I need some suggestions on a new cage for my new family!

Here are a couple cages I have been considering, but I don't know what's good and what's not:


This is the "Large Sturdy Sugar Glider Cage HQ 13221E" from Suncoast Sugar Gliders, which is 52" x 32" x 21".


And this is an "HQ 16421wh Side By Side Double Aviary" from Amazon. It is 64" x 21" x 59"

Are these good cages? Should I go for tall or wide? Does anyone have any other suggestions that I could take a look at?

Thanks so much!
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#1392351 - 07/26/15 10:34 PM Re: Cage Size/Recommendations? [Re: Takaia]
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Registered: 09/03/08
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The Large Sturdy Cage from Suncoast or the Congo Cage from Exotic Nutrition would be a great cage for a colony of gliders. They are basically the same cage size wise. I think the Congo may come with a shelf or two.

If I ever need to replace my current cages these would be my first choice.

The Double Wide cage is also a good sturdy cage but it has a few drawbacks. When the center divider is removed you will need to block the gap between the two bottom grates to prevent glider escapes. I used a piece of one inch clear tubing (plumbing department at Lowe's carries it by the yard). I stuffed the tubing into the gap by squeezing it flat and working it into the space then it expands back out and stayed tight in the gap.

The cage is also very awkward to maneuver from one room to another. It will not make turns in a hall way so depending on where you want your cage to be located, it may be a permanent installation in the room you put it together in.

I kept the double wide cage in the living room because there were sliding doors that I could roll it out of the room to do a good hose down cleaning now and then. I could not move it to the bedrooms because it is too long to make the turn from the hall into any of the bedrooms doors.
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#1392355 - 07/26/15 11:58 PM Re: Cage Size/Recommendations? [Re: Takaia]
Takaia Offline
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Thank you so much for the reply Candy! It's good to know peoples' opinions on the matter :3
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#1392488 - 08/01/15 01:26 AM Re: Cage Size/Recommendations? [Re: Takaia]
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Registered: 07/30/15
Posts: 38
Loc: Houston, TX
Typically a wider cage is better than a taller one (within reason) as it allows them to glide more since they glide horizontally. Also if you hang your toys from the ceiling, you have more ceiling to work with in a wider cage. That being said, I still try to go for something at least 30" tall and place it on a table or orher high area since they like being in higher places.
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#1392494 - 08/01/15 12:04 PM Re: Cage Size/Recommendations? [Re: SuggieSamantha]
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Originally Posted By: SuggieSamantha
Typically a wider cage is better than a taller one (within reason) as it allows them to glide more since they glide horizontally. Also if you hang your toys from the ceiling, you have more ceiling to work with in a wider cage. That being said, I still try to go for something at least 30" tall and place it on a table or orher high area since they like being in higher places.


The movement in a cage by gliders is either climbing or jumping but not actual gliding as they need more room than any cage 99% of us could give them. They need to be able to fully spread their Patagium in order to glide.

Here is a you tube video showing gliders gliding.

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