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GliderPetaurus breviceps

1 Sugar Glider at Wamboin, NSW

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Petaurus breviceps at Wamboin, NSW - 1 May 2017
Petaurus breviceps at Wamboin, NSW - 1 May 2017
Petaurus breviceps at Wamboin, NSW - 1 May 2017
Petaurus breviceps at Wamboin, NSW - 1 May 2017

Identification history

Glider Petaurus breviceps 1 May 2017 MichaelMulvaney
Glider Petaurus breviceps 1 May 2017 alicemcglashan

Author's notes

2-3 gliders live near my house, I see them in our eucalyptus trees and also acacia trees. The images of the dead glider are of one found on our property, which makes ID a bit easier. Natural causes, looks like it may have missed the tree - blood nose. Early in the year I saw a glider with one baby in one of our nest boxes. This nest box is now used every night by one or more gliders. I am not sure if the glider in the video is a male or female as the camera trap hasn't recorded the young one. The deceased glider is a male.

5 comments

   1 May 2017
Ha! This is the same one I made comments about on Facebook today - how to distinguish Squirrel V Sugar. Excellent nest box photo! Is that a 2nd glider in the background? Alice I have something very similar at our place with a nest box of Feather-tail Gliders. In that case the Sugars visit to try to prey on the Feathers.
   3 May 2017
Don, what Facebook page please? I cannot see it at the CNM Facebook page, and would like to see your advice on this. Thanks - David
   3 May 2017
Hi Don, this is why I was seeking advice! It's nice for us to know what species we have, but also wanted to report the sighting as concussively one or the other. Our Wildcare possum-rehab neighbour told us that there were no gliders or ringtails on either of our blocks, clearly this is not the case which is nice to know. Yes, that is a second very small glider next to the big one. Thinking it is a young one. I think these little guys have to stay clear of the Brushtails and only use the small box because of this, like your Feathers. The deceased glider is a boy.

David Mac, you must be a neighbour of mine! I'll do a post on the Wamboin etc FB page as there may be a few interested locals, but otherwise look up both of these pages - the Vic one had the best response. I posted my pics for advice on whether the deceased glider was a Sugar or Squirrel, then re-entered my previous Nature Map sighting after advice was conclusive. Even had Peter Menkhorst (Field Guide to Australian Mammals by Menkhorst and Knight) chime in with some great advice on how to differentiate the two - on the Vic FB page.

Field Naturalists Club of Victoria (FB)
Link to my post: https://www.facebook.com/groups/191099460990243/?multi_permalinks=1052592208174293¬if_t=feedback_reaction_generic¬if_id=1493608137165789

Australian Marsupials, Reptiles, Amphibians,Invertebrates and Plants (FB)
Link to my post: https://www.facebook.com/groups/144261675750262/?multi_permalinks=792067664302990¬if_t=feedback_reaction_generic¬if_id=1493607453958801
   3 May 2017
Hi Alice. Those are great boxes, and I enjoyed your accounts of their occupants on FB. I have heard a lot of claims for Squirrel Glider sightings in our region (they are declared threatened) but there is no specimen. (There are two ANH Museum specimens from the 1800s mentioned in ALA but the location given is the Qbn Post Office so, given the practices of the time, they could have come from anywhere.) It is surprising how many more places Sugar Gliders are being found in the ACT area every decade, either because more people look or the gliders are recovering/spreading. We still have a lot to learn about our arboreal mammals. Which leads to: Maybe you could try putting up a box for Feather-tailed Gliders. You might get lucky. Same box as for Sugar Gliders except entrance hole reduced to 25mm to keep the Sugar Gliders out.
   3 May 2017
Hi Don, thanks for sharing this info. I wonder if ours have always been here or are recent arrivals? Interesting. I will keep watch. What are they recovering from? Habitat loss, disease, hunting? Also do you know how far they range each night?

There are / is at least one small hollow they were using before we came, but there is a big shortage of tree hollows on our land and nearby. There is a ringtail sleeping every day in the "glider" nest box since installation, and at least one glider sleeping every day in the "owlet nightjar" nest box for a couple of months or more. Any box that a Brushtail can get into is vacant, they are being soft-released next door so there are way too many in this location > 15 / 5ha at a rough estimate. I am moving my larger bird nest boxes to possum proof-able trees now I'm aware of how bad this situation is and will be monitoring them closely with wildlife cameras.

I didn't realise there could be feather tailed gliders too, what are their habitat needs? I'll look at boxes for keeping Sugar Gliders out, was wondering how small the entrance needs to be.

Do you know the habitat preferences for Squirrel Gliders? There is very little information available about them, both for identification and types of habitat or specific needs. Anyone local who is into wildlife appears to assume that any glider is a sugar glider, this is likely to be the case for other areas too so they may there but aren't being correctly identified. And the other way around too. I was trying not to be one of those!

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Nearby Sightings

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Ninox boobook (Southern Boobook) at Wamboin, NSW - 3 May 2017
Aegotheles cristatus (Australian Owlet-nightjar) at Wamboin, NSW - 4 Apr 2017
Pseudocheirus peregrinus (Common Ringtail Possum) at Wamboin, NSW - 26 Mar 2017
Vulpes vulpes (Red Fox) at Wamboin, NSW - 26 Mar 2017
Vulpes vulpes (Red Fox) at Wamboin, NSW - 26 Mar 2017
Limnodynastes tasmaniensis (Spotted Grass Frog) at Wamboin, NSW - 20 Mar 2017
Crinia signifera (Common Eastern Froglet) at Wamboin, NSW - 20 Mar 2017
Litoria peronii (Peron's Tree-frog) at Wamboin, NSW - 20 Mar 2017
Uperoleia laevigata (Smooth Toadlet) at Wamboin, NSW - 20 Mar 2017
Litoria verreauxii verreauxii (Whistling Tree-frog) at Wamboin, NSW - 20 Mar 2017
Amphibolurus muricatus (Jacky Dragon) at Wamboin, NSW - 1 Feb 2017
Tiliqua rugosa (Shingleback) at Wamboin, NSW - 23 Jan 2016

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Location

Location information

  • Coordinates 149.367233-35.240406
  • Altitude 823.2m
  • Places Wamboin, NSW

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 3 Abundance
  • 1 May 2017 Recorded on
  • alicemcglashan Recorded by
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