The only reason I'm writing about sugar gliders is because I had no idea what they were when our intern Janette mentioned that a teacher at her school owned a couple of these critters. She said they were "sugar somethings" and that they climb up your shirt. She also said they were really small. Anyhow, after several wrong guesses as the animal's identity, I went online and discovered a new species that looks like a tiny flying badger.

 I guess if you're interested in owning any tiny rodent, you should probably have an owner's manual. Sugar Gliders (Complete Pet Owner's Manual) is a basic book dedicated to making sure you don't kill your new pet or allow your new pet to destroy your home. I can just imagine our new sugar glider climbing up the drapes and then gliding down at us as they make some unnatural screeching sound. This is probably why you might want to invest in a cage for the critters.

However, if you're kind of interested in these tiny gliding marsupials found mostly in Australia but you're not sure you're the right person to care for one of them, then you're probably better off with an Aurora Flopsies SUGAR GLIDER 8" Plush. At least when there's terror from the skies with these stuffed animals, it just involves you throwing them at a loved one, not actual terror in the form of some foot-long gliding omnivorous possum.

Written by Brian Jaeger, owner of Satisfamily, McNewsy, PassivNinja, Educabana, RealWisconsinNews, ManCrushFanClub, WildWestAllis, SitcomLifeLessons, and VoucherSchool.