Welcome to the Island Gliders website! My name is Hannah and I live with my husband, Kurt, and our menagerie of pets on a small island off the coast of Maine. It is eight miles long, with no traffic lights or cell phone service, and is only accessible by a ferry that runs six times a day. It’s an interesting way to live, that’s for sure!
Both my husband and I work as lobstermen aboard fishing boats. It’s hard work but our “offices” have ever-changing views and we enjoy the winters off.
I have been owned by these wonderful little creatures called sugar gliders for three years. I find them unlike any other animal I have ever met, and that just makes them all the more enchanting.
Sugar gliders are small, nocturnal, omnivorous marsupials (NOT rodents) native to Australia and Indonesia. They are incapable of actual flight; however, they can glide up to 150 feet by spreading out their patagium, which is a membrane that stretches from their wrists to their ankles. Sugar gliders have only been bred in the U.S. as pets for about twenty years, but they are quickly rising in popularity because of their tendency to bond closely with humans.
However, sugar gliders are not for the casual pet owner. They are “exotic” in every sense of the word and have very specific needs. With good care they can reach 12 years of age or even longer in captivity, making them a commitment that needs to be taken seriously.
My small breeding program focuses primarily on colored gliders (creamino, platinum, white-faced blonde, leucistic, and mosaic) but I do occasionally have standard gray joeys born here. Any available joeys will be listed in the Nursery.
Thanks for visiting!