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Sugar Glider - Adaptations

By Clara P.T and Gayle T.

Gayle Ting

on 14 June 2013

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Transcript of Sugar Glider - Adaptations

Sugar Glider
Fact File
• A.K.A Pataurus Breviceps

• Uses only busy tail when in flight, for stability and steering

• Usually 16-21cm in size

• Found in Northern and Eastern Australia (Northern WA, NT, QLD, NSW, VIC, Tasmania & South-Eastern SA)

• Lives in Forests and woodlands

• Commonly gives birth to twins (remain in pouch for just over two months, then leave nest to forage for food, together with mother)

• Species – Breviceps
• Genus – Petaurus
• Family – Petauridae
• Order – Diprotodontia
• Subclass – Marsupialia
• Class – Mammalia
• Subphylum – Vertebrata
• Phylum – Chordata
• Kingdom - Animalia

Bushy Tail - Structural
It has a long bushy tail that keeps it stable and allows it to steer. This means that when they glide among the trees they have more control in which direction they are going.
Membrane - Structural
The membrane, called patagium, extends from the sugar gliders feet to hands. This allows it to glide over trees for distances of up to 50m.
Nocturnal (Behavioral) / Big Eyes (Structural)
They are most active at night which means that they are protected from predators. They are able to be nocturnal because of their big eyes allowing them to see at night.
Types of Adaptations
1. Bushy Tail
2. Membrane
3. Nocturnal / Big Eyes
4. Sensitive Ears
Sensitive Ears - Physiological
The Sugar Glider's ears subconsciously swivel, signaling to it, sources of food. This informs the Sugar Glider of where to take action and find its food

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