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Our experience with squirrel gliders started in 1996 when 10 boxes were installed in parkland fringing Bulimba Ck in Brisbane.  These were a traditional vertical box with a 75mm diameter entrance. Within 6 months three contained the distinctive glider nests, and more boxes were used after that.

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Four more boxes were installed at the same site several years later, this time with the entrance at the rear of the box and only 65mm dia. Both changes were intended to deter other animals from competing with the gliders. When checked 8 months later all boxes were being, or had been, used by gliders, with no sign of interference by other animals.  After a couple of years, however, rainbow lorikeets nested in one of them.

A smaller entrance of around 50mm or less was suggested by the work of Barry Traill and Alan Lill, from Monash University, who found that, to exclude squirrel gliders from a nestbox, they had to half-block a 50mm diameter entrance (thus forming a semi-circle).  [Reference:  Traill, B.J. and Lill, A. (1997) "Use of tree hollows by two sympatric gliding possums, the squirrel glider, Petaurus norfolcensis and the sugar glider, P. breviceps", Australian Mammalogy, 20, 79-88].

Since then, we have become aware of two 2 instances where squirrel gliders regularly used a bat box with a 15mm slit as entrance.  Although they chewed the opening to some degree, this was very minor and the slit would still be no wider than 16-17mm.  

We have now standardised on a vertical box with an entrance diameter of 40mm.  This design is also offered for sugar glider boxes.

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