"Joey" ~ Male or Female baby "IP" ~ In Pouch "OOP" ~ Out of Pouch
Awwww... one of the sweetest things on Earth. Sugar Glider babies are called 'Joeys'. When a Mommy and Daddy Sugar Glider love each other, they will mate. ;-) A Mommy Glider is pregnant for 16/17 days (gestation), then she will give birth through the cloaca to one or two joeys (very rarely three - alot of Joey births seem to happen in the early morning/day). Right before a joeys birth, the Mother will lick a pathway from her cloaca to her pouch, so that the tiny one can make its way to the pouch easier, without getting stuck and tangled in the dry fur. The tiny joey, a little bigger than a cooked grain of rice (around a fourth of an inch), is born blind (eyes stay closed for several days even after coming out of pouch), deaf (born with their ears fused to the sides of their head), and underdeveloped (some organs are still developing). They have arms like little 'flippers', and their legs are joined and give them a 'tad-pole' like look. They use their strong flipper like arms to pull their way up into the pouch. At this stage, they have one continuous arc of cartilage, instead of shoulder blades...as they develop in the pouch, this cartilage breaks apart and forms the shoulder blades. (A rare and primitive structure in the Animal kingdom.) Once inside, the joey attaches itself to a nipple. The nipple swells in the joeys mouth and helps hold the joey in the pouch. The joey will then continue to develop and grow. They usually emerge from the pouch in 60-70 days (give or take a few). Glider Mom's are also quite capable of having different aged joeys IP. They have four teats in the pouch that 'know' what type of milk to feed to what age joey. Cool huh?! After a joey is OOP, it will continue to nurse from its Mother untill it no longer can (whether it be human intervention, or the Mother). It is recommended that the earliest a joey be weened is 8 weeks (although in the wild, they nurse for several more weeks before the Mother Glider no longer allows it). As little ones grow... the parents both play a very important role in the raising. Joeys will learn everything they need to know from Mom and Dad! ;-)
"Mating" (blushing ;-)
A "Just Born" Joey...
Developing joey in pouch...
(*Photo from unknown source.)
Pictures of a baby IP (in pouch)...
Pictures of a new baby OOP (out of pouch)...
* "Glider Stork" artwork drawn for 'Amy' Glider, by the VERY talented Sungmina *
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Ears - Oh my! What big ears you have! ~ "Better to hear you with my dear."
Eyes - Big eyes! ~ "Golly jeepers, where'd you get those peepers!"
Nose - Sniff...Sniff... ~ "Whats that smell?"
Teeth/Tongue - Oh my! ~ "What BIG teeth you have!" .... and alot of em'!
Lips & Smiles - Smile for the camera! ~ Love those little lippys! (just for fun ;-)
Fur - "What a beautiful coat daaahling!"
Tails - Tails are so cool!
Hands/Nails/Feet - "Love those tiny little hands and feet."
Patagium (gliding membrane) - "Look out below! Coming in for a landing!"
Male or Female?
What is it - Is it a boy or a girl? How to tell the difference.
Male Sugar Glider Anatomy
Head Scent Gland - That handsome balding look!
Chest Scent Gland - "To mark, or not to mark." ~ That is the question...
The Penis - "What the heck is that?! A worm? Intestines?"
General Male Info - Male Info IE: size, weight, sexual maturity, etc...
Female Sugar Glider Anatomy
The Pouch - Awwwwww! "Where babies come from..."
The Vagina - Its ok to say penis and vagina!
General Female Info - Female Info IE: size, weight, sexual maturity, etc...
Joey's (Sugar Glider babies)