Re Sugar Glider sales in US

To: brian fleming <>
Subject: Re Sugar Glider sales in US
From: Dave Torr <>
Date: Tue, 3 Jan 2012 12:38:26 +1100
Agree with your sentiments Anthea

As for Sulphur-cresteds, the IOC lists 4 ssp as follows:


New Guinea and nearby islands  eleonora

Aru Is.  fitzroyi

n Australia  galerita

e and se Australia to Tasmania

On 3 January 2012 12:32, brian fleming <> wrote:

> I have signed the petition to ban sales of Sugar Gliders in US pet-shops.
> However a few points should be made.
> They are certainly native Australian mammals.
> They are not native to New Zealand and I doubt if they have been
> introduced there. I don't know about Fiji either. But they are also
> certainly native to New Guinea, and the captive US population probably came
> via Indonesia, where wildlife smuggling is rife.
> They are popular pets in the US, or so I have been told. Being nocturnal,
> they are up and about when office workers are at home, and they can be
> tamed - though they can give you a very sharp nip. They seem to enjoy
> rushing about in a room and climbing the curtains. And I have been told
> that some vets specialize in them.
> However pet-shop sales of any animal (including puppies and kittens, and
> grown cats and dogs) should be discouraged.  There is no way a pet-shop can
> check the purchaser's commitment or facilities to care for living animals.
> While I'm on the subject, I have been told by visitors to Indonesia and
> Southeast Asia how horrified they were to see 'our' Sulphur-Crested
> Cockatoos in cages there. I believe that there are two species of SCC and
> both are naturally distributed through Indonesia and New Guinea. I also
> understand that feral birds have established themselves widely in Asia.
>  It's too hot to find Forshaw's 'Parrots of the World' to check the details!
> Anthea Fleming
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