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#69762 - 11/23/05 10:19 AM Do Sugar Gliders sweat?

By nature, I am one that refers the heat so I normally wear alot of layers in the winter. But when I get hot, of course I sweat. When I get Nicole (my SG) from under my clothes, she is wet too. Do sugar gliders sweat or is she wet from my sweat? It's normally her belly side that gets wet. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/nixweiss.gif" alt="" />

#69763 - 11/23/05 12:10 PM Re: Do Sugar Gliders sweat? [Re: ]

Great question! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

Sweat glands are present in all mammals (including marsupials), but with regards to sugar gliders as well as several other members of the order of Mammalia (usually non-heavy bodied animals), they have a relatively small number of sweat glands so they must resort to other methods of heat release.

To rid their bodies of heat, sugar gliders, like most smaller marsupials begin to salivate and lick their bodies, and the evaporation that ensues cools them off. Their hands and feet also makes for a great vector for the release of body heat. Gliders are nocturnal so at the hottest parts of the day, their bodies aren't undergoing high levels of activity, so overheating usually isn't much of an issue as it is for diurnal animals, for instance.

If your glider is wet on the underside, perhaps it's because the she is licking her belly to stay cool! If you keep a close eye on her you may catch her in the act, too! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/thumb.gif" alt="" />

Some additional info:

  • Hippos and kangaroos sweat red sweat!
  • Birds don't have sweat glands and simply release heat through a rapid oscillation of the floor of the mouth causing air to rapidly move in and out of the throat thereby removing heat via tongue which is rich in blood vessels!
  • Rabbits release heat through sweating around their lips!
  • Bats release heat through sweat glands around the sides of their heads!
  • Bees and several hornets will collectively fan down a hive by rapidly flapping their wings, causing an interior breeze!
  • Reptiles and amhibians don't have as much of a need to release body heat because they are known as poikilothermic animals (cold-blooded), which means their internal body temperature varies according to the external ambient temperature and their bodies are designed to function that way; this means that when they get too warm, they move to a cooler area, and when they get too cool they move to a warmer area (a process known as thermoregulation).

Mikey <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/dance.gif" alt="" />

#69764 - 11/24/05 12:50 PM Re: Do Sugar Gliders sweat? [Re: ]

During this past summer our air conditioner broke and it was around 100 degrees out side that day so pretty hot inside as well. When we checkd to make sure all the gliders were ok most of them were very wet.

I don't know as much as Mikey does, but I believe that they can sweat. With how wet most of them were there was no way it could of been them just licking themselves. Thankfully we found out our cooler broke around 1 so we were able to take everyone to the basement before it got even hotter. All of them were just fine thankfully.

In your case I think most of it is from your sweat that she is all wet. Espcially if her belly is laying against your skin

#69765 - 11/24/05 02:39 PM Re: Do Sugar Gliders sweat? [Re: RSXTC]

@ mikey,

I am a croc lover, and crocs lose there warmth by opening there mouth, so you can put that to your knowledge.
great that you know so much!!!
i saw earlyer post of you and it looks like you are a real genius.

#69766 - 11/24/05 04:59 PM Re: Do Sugar Gliders sweat? [Re: ]

<img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/offtopic.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/thinkerg.gif" alt="" /> HA! Yeah, crocs do do that; you're right! They are magnificent creatures aren't they? The "salties" are my fav! Actually, beardies and several species of desert lizard do the gaping mouth heat release thing, too! It's peculiar how similar reptiles and birds are; among a buch of other things, a nunmber of species from both classes have tongue surfaces that are rich in blood vessels, hence heat release via mouth...

Far from a genius, sugababe... like most people on these boards, we're just obsessed with biology, perhaps... <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

Mikey <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/dance.gif" alt="" />

#69767 - 11/24/05 07:43 PM Re: Do Sugar Gliders sweat? [Re: ]

Thanks Mikey for the information. I really appreciate it.

I just wanted to make sure I understand how your body works when in extreme weather conditions. For the most part, I try to keep her in the house where the temp. is 74 degrees. But on a rare occasion, she goes with me outside, and with living in Texas, the temps can get offally warm.

Thanks again. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/thanx.gif" alt="" />


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