Females - General Info
Weight- 3-5 oz (Average adult weight, although some are lighter/heavier.)
Body Length- 6-8 in.
Tail Length- 6-8 in.
Sexual Maturity- 8-15 months (although it could be a little sooner or later)
Females are 'seasonally polyestrous' in cycle. They remain in estrus (in heat), until they either breed,
or the season ends. The seasons are governed by temperature and light changes.
In captive Gliders, cycles can be very much different from that of wild Gliders.
The uterus of a marsupial is divided and each side has its own vagina. The male's
penis is bifurcated to match. There is a third tube that is for delivery and, in most
species, develops just before birth and is reabsorbed after the birth. Marsupial eggs,
unlike placentals, have a yolk. Nutrients are transferred across the yolksac wall and
there is little contact with the uterine wall.
Heart Rate- 200-300 Beats per minute
Respiritory Rate- 16-40 Breaths per minute
Rectal Temperature- 97.2 F
(not too far from some humans, so a good guess may be, if your too hot or cold, they may be too.)
Scent Glands- Paracloacal (alongside the cloaca), pouch, surface of the paws,
corners of the mouth, inside surface of the external ear.
Life Span- 5-7 Years in the wild. Up to 15 Years in captivity.
Pouch - Female Gliders have a ventral abdominal pouch to carry/develop young.
* Both Males & Females have a Cloaca at the base of the tail, in which the reproductive, urinary, and
gastrointestinal tracts open.
(Meaning - (to put it bluntly :-) They use the same
hole to urinate/deficate, have sex, and give birth.)
Click on a photo to enlarge...
Male or female... Do they act different?
As far as behaviors (in my opinion)... I really believe it all depends on the individual Glider,
their personality, and the Owner. They are all very unique, and can make wonderful little family members IF
taken care of properly and understood. ;-)