Marsupials are found in many countries across the world and are most famous for having pouches in which they raise their young - though not all species do this. Common pet species include sugar gliders, short-tailed opossums, Virginia opossums, bushtail possums, wallabies, wallaroos and even kangaroos. Different species are suited to different lifestyles and have very different needs and anyone interested in becoming an owner should do their research into the best species for them. We have treated many marsupials at our practice and several of our staff have owned some of them as pets.
We strongly advise, whether you choose to adopt or buy a new marsupial to bring them in for a check-up so that we can identify and address any problems as soon as possible. This is particularly important if you are considering breeding them as it prevents reproductive problems and disease in joeys. We are very happy to give you advice and leaflets on caring for your new pet and answer any questions you may have.
Marsupials each have a different diet depending upon how they adapted to their original environment. For example, sugar gliders will eat insects or the sap of certain trees, whereas, short-tailed opossums eat meat and insects and wallabies eat grass with the odd leafy green. We strongly advise that you research a suitable diet for your pet, or ask us for advice.
Housing requirements also differ greatly depending on species. Sugar gliders prefer areas to climb with branches to land on and require companionship. Short-tailed opossums live alone and normally live on the ground but do like to climb. You must make sure that you provide enough space and cage furniture to allow your pet to exercise and perform natural behaviours without restriction.
There are a whole range of different problems that your pet marsupial can experience, some of which are entirely preventable with the right advice and care:
If you are in any way concerned about the health of your pet, please contact us for advice and we will be happy to help.
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Thursday 09.00 - 18.00
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Village Vets Centre Ltd
65 Quarry St
Tel.: 0151 428 8600
Tel.: 0151 428 8600