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The Sugar Glider is an arboreal marsupial native to Eastern Australia, Papua New Guinea and parts of Indonesia. It was also introduced to Tasmania. Its scientific name (Petaurus breviceps) means "rope-dancer with a short-head". This animal lives in dry forests, where it leaps and glides from tree to tree. Sugar gliders have a squirrel-like body, a long tail, and a thin flap of skin between arms and legs. Sugar gliders have opposable fingers and toes. They have grey fur, with a black stripe that runs along their back. The sugar glider is about 5-6 inches long, and its tail is about 6 inches long. It weighs from 4 to 5.7 ounces. Sugar gliders have also become a popular exotic pet. But, in captivity, the sugar glider is susceptible to vitamin deficiencies and hind leg paralysis.

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