Can sugar gliders eat blueberries? If you’re the proud owner of a beautiful sugar glider I’m sure you’ve asked yourself this question. To find out the answer I’ve done a ton of research and I’ll share my findings with you today.
Blueberries are an amazing fruit. They’re one of the healthiest berries out there and are widely regarded as a superfood. Whenever you eat them you might want to share some of their juicy deliciousness with your furry friend. But can sugar gliders eat these berries or should they be avoided? After all, not all fruits that are healthy for us humans are beneficial for gliders.
Most owners know that fruits are an essential part of a healthy glider’s diet, but it’s not always clear which fruits are good and which ones are bad. I hope to remedy that confusion by discussing the topic as in-depth as possible and give you all the information you need to make an informed decision.
In today’s nutrition guide I’m going to go over everything you should know before you’re giving this fruit to your sugar glider. I’ll go over the nutritional contents of the berry, whether sugar gliders can and should eat them and if they like them. I will also explain how you can best feed blueberries to your sugar glider.
If you don’t feel like reading the whole post and simply want a quick answer, then here you: Yes, sugar gliders can eat blueberries without any problems. In fact, it’s a great fruit to include in their diet. Sugar gliders love them due to their sweetness and they’re a very good source of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other nutrients for them. They’re also very low in calories and fat.
Are blueberries nutritious for sugar gliders?
Blueberries do not only taste great, they’re jam-packed full of essential nutrients. 100 grams of this fruit is made up of the following components:
- 57 calories
- 84% water
- 0.7 grams of protein
- 10 grams of sugar
- 14.5 grams of carbs
- 2.4 grams of fiber
- 0.3 grams of fat
Additionally, there are many good vitamins and minerals in these delicious berries:
- Vitamin K1
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin B6
On top of that, they contain a good amount of antioxidants. It’s easy to see why these berries are among the healthiest fruits in the world. Their low fat, high fiber, and all the other benefits they provide make them a superfood.
Nothing in this fruit is toxic to sugar gliders, and all the vitamins and minerals in them make them a very nutritious option for sugar gliders.
Frozen or fresh?
Frozen and fresh blueberries are both safe to eat for your glider. Some prefer to eat it frozen, while others prefer fresh ones. Usually, I give my glider fresh ones in the winter and frozen ones in the summer. Giving them frozen berries in the summer is a good way for them to cool down, it’s kind of like eating a Popsicle for us.
How to feed
As I’ve said, you can give your sugar glider fresh or frozen blueberries. However, make sure to not give your glider the canned variant because there are too many preservatives in those and that’s not good for them. I would also recommend that you wash the berries before you give it to your glider (unless you get them organic). Commercially farmed blueberries often have pesticides on them and washing the berry for about 30 seconds under cold water takes care of removing that.
You do not need to cut the berries before giving it to them. They are already pretty small and are a perfect size for your glider to snack on.
Do gliders like blueberries?
Blueberries are pretty sweet, and since sugar gliders love sweet things most of them absolutely love eating this fruit. To find out if your glider enjoys eating them, just try giving them one. Almost every glider does so I’m pretty sure yours will too.
To see what your furry companion will look like munching on some of them, check out this adorable video:
If your sugar glider doesn’t seem to enjoy eating these particular berries very much and doesn’t want to eat them there are many other fruits you can give them instead. To get you started, here’s a list of ideas that are safe for them to eat:
- Passion fruit
For more information on what you should feed your sugar glider daily and a complete list of fruits they can eat, I’ve written a comprehensive guide that you can find here.
Sugar Gliders can definitely eat blueberries and they’re a part of a healthy diet for them. They’re low in fat and calories and high in minerals, vitamins, and fiber which means they’re very nutritious for your glider. The one thing you should make sure of is that you’re feeding them fresh or frozen, but not canned.
That’s all you need to know about sugar gliders and blueberries! I hope you found this information helpful. If you’ve got any questions for me, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll get back to you ASAP.