How to Draw a Sugar Glider

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Sugar Glider in 8 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

The images above represent how your finished drawing is going to look and the steps involved.

Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Sugar Glider.

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How to Draw a Sugar Glider - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Draw the head by making a rough circle, with a gap for the neck and two parts coming out for the ears.

Step 2: Use unfinished ovals to define the ears, a circle with two dots for the nose, and two circles inside of other circles for the eyes. For the mouth, make a half moon and add a line for the tongue.

Step 3: Draw the body with a curved line on the right side going down and an almost vertical line on the left side coming from the head.

Step 4: Draw the front leg by continuing down your line on the left side and starting to draw the toes. Make sure to make the toes big. Then draw the other part of the leg with a wavy diagonal line.

Step 5: Draw the hind leg turning to the left, and add lines for the toes.

Step 6: Draw the other front leg much like the first, but facing towards you instead of partially to the left.

Step 7: Draw the other hind leg by continuing off of the right part of the body and adding toes, closing it off at one of the front legs.

Step 8: For the tail draw a rounded rectangle the curves up a little on the top left corner and connects to the body. Your Sugar glider is now done!

Interesting Facts about Sugar Gliders

The name sugar glider comes from the fact that they like to eat sugary foods like tree sap, and they glide gracefully from tree to tree. Sugar gliders are marsupials, like kangaroos. Marsupials are animals whose females have pouches. The pouches are where they carry and nurse their young.

Did you know?

  • When they are fully grown, sugar gliders only weigh about four ounces. They grow to be about five to six inches long, and their tail is about the same length as their bodies.
  • Sugar gliders are native to Australia, New Guinea, and Indonesia. Sugar gliders can be kept as pets. You can also visit sugar gliders at some zoos or other wildlife centers.
  • In the wild, sugar gliders live to be about 7 years old. In captivity, they can live up to 15 years.
  • Sugar gliders are nocturnal. Their large eyes allow them to see well in the dark.

Sugar gliders are tree dwellers, and they are hardly ever found on the ground. They are social animals that live in groups of 15 to 30 sugar gliders. They can glide as far as 150 feet. To travel through the trees, sugar gliders use special gliding membranes that open like a parachute.