Strange Protrusion On Sugar Glider Causes Concern

A small, red, forklike potrusion brings concern to a sugar glider observer.

Bring your sugar glider to a veterinarian if something unusual appears. Via Josh More/Flickr

By Karen Rosenthal, DVM, DABVP

Q.

I noticed two red, wormlike structures protruding out of a sugar glider’s anus. What are these? What is this?

A.

Because you did not mention if this is a male or a female sugar glider, I am going to assume this is a male. What you are looking at is the unusual shape of the male sugar glider’s penis. The male has a bifurcated penis. It consists of two shafts and resembles the forked tongue of a snake. This is actually not protruding from its anus but from a common opening called a cloaca. The glider should be able retract the penis back into the cloaca. If not, you may want to bring him to your veterinarian.

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