The gestation period of a joey sugar glider is only 16 days. After the 16 day gestation period the mother licks a path to her pouch that the undeveloped, pink joey about the size of a grain of rice wiggles it way to where it locates a nipple and latches on, the nipple then swells inside the joey’s mouth.
This is where the joey will stay for the next 7 Weeks. Much of the tiny joey’s development happens during the first 7 Weeks in the pouch. During this crucial in pouch time the joey is continually nursing, and remains attached to the nipple.
*Around the 7 to 8 Week mark you can hear the mother begin to shake the joey lose from the nipple.
*If for some reason the joey would detach from the mother and come out of pouch prior to the 8 Week mark it is very important that the breeder steps in and takes over the role of feeding and caring for the rejected joey. Rejection kits are available for rejection situations.
The next several Weeks the joey begins to explore and develop a personality, completely with the guidance of the parents. At this time with extreme caution and the permission from the parents, joeys may be able to be handled.
*All of the breeding parents at
Kritters ‘n Krawlers are handled, friendly, and trusting; therefore making handling joey’s easier and less stressful for all.
*all Joey’s develop at their own pace.