Colors & Patterns Sugar Glider

22 Sugar Glider Colors and Patterns

When sugar gliders are carefully partnered for breeding, they can create some really attractive colors. There are numerous color variations and traits that can be selectively bred. Please ensure that any sugar gliders you plan to breed are genetically suitable. The many years of tracking lineage, breeders’ experience, and the subsequent offspring have all determined all genetic information.

Colors

1. Standard Grey

Sugar gliders are most commonly found in this color. They are grey in color with a dark stripe extending from their tail to the tip of their head. They have dark bars running from their ears to their eyes. This gene is dominant. Sugar gliders that have been “het” for various hues will appear to be a typical grey color.

Het, or Heterozygous, is when they have the gene to reproduce the color but do not express it.

2. Black Beauty

The stripe is usually quite black, and it may have dark rings around the eyes, which is referred to as “eye liner.” They have black knuckles, black bars from the ears to the eyes, a chin strap, and a dark undertone of fur on their belly. Some breeders have been successful in breeding for the black beauty trait, though it appears to be relatively random.

3. Lion

The body is honey or golden in color. They have a shorter nose and a rounder face.

4. Cinnamon

The general coat has a brownish tint (cinnamon color) with a dark reddish-brown stripe. This coloring is frequently caused by an overall fur darkening caused by a poor diet.

5. Leucistic

The fur is full white with no stripes or bars at the ears, and the eyes are black. This is a recessive gene that must be combined with another recessive gene in order to create a leucistic.

6. Creamino

The fur is a creamy tone with a tawny, brownish stripe, and the eyes are garnet. To create a creamino, this recessive gene must be linked with another recessive gene-carrying glider.

7. Cedar Red

Darker red than the Mahogany Red, a “true red”

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8. Mahogany Red

A very light colored red throughout

9. Platinum

The fur is bright silver in tone with a grayish/taupe stripe. The stripe is narrower than on other colors of sugar gliders. Paws can be white and stretch all the way to the wrist. This is a recessive gene that must be matched with another sugar glider carrying the same recessive gene or the leucistic gene in order to create a platinum glider.

10. Melanistic

A sugar glider with a lot of dark pigment in its skin and fur; a condition in which an animal’s skin, plumage, or fur has an unusually high concentration of melanin. Melanism is the exact opposite of albinism. Some breeders feel that Black Beauties and Black Face Black Beauties (BFBB) are melanism in varying degrees.

11. Double Recessive

A sugar glider that combines two recessive colors in one glider, resulting in a solid white glider with red/garnet eyes. These are created by crossing the five recessive trait combinations listed below: albino x lue, creamino x leu, creamino x plat, creamino x albino, and albino x plat. The lineage can help you figure out which combination the Double Recessive is.

12. Albino

A glider with completely white feathers and ruby eyes. Albinos are born with light pigmentation, such as a golden diamond, a thin stripe, a tip on the tail, or a lining along the patagium and hands. This is a recessive gene that must be combined with another recessive gene in order to create an albino glider.

13. Caramel

Caramel gliders are supposed to be a separate subspecies; they are actually a regular grey; they are more champagne in color than caramel in color (wild caught are more caramel in color due to their natural diet); and they have white hands and feet.

Patterns

1. Silver Mosaic

Has bright silver fur, popularly known as Platinum Colored Mosaic, but no platinum genetics.

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2. White Mosaic

Has white fur with little to no dark fur, may have dark spots on the ears varying in size and color, like a leucistic sugar glider; may or may not have leu genetics. It must have been born almost totally white to be classified as a White Mosaic. When crossed with leucistic gliders, these joeys may be difficult to detect at first.

3. Creamino Mosaic

A sugar glider that is showing off two color types at once.

4. True Platinum Mosaic

Has mosaic traits (white collar, ring tail), but is also a platinum glider genetically.

5. Reverse Stripe Mosaic

Any Mosaic with a white line running through the entire stripe in the rear, or a partial stripe Normally, the stripe on any glider is a darker color, but in this case, it is white.

6. Piebald

A piebald animal has a spotting pattern of vast unpigmented, usually white, swaths of hair and typically colored, usually black, patches. The animal’s flesh under its coat is pigmented under the black patches and unpigmented under the white patches. This alternating color pattern is uneven and uneven.

Coloration of the irises of the eyes in certain animals matches the surrounding skin (blue eyes for pink skin, brown for dark). To date, blue eyes in sugar gliders have not been observed. The genetic cause is linked to a disorder known as leucism.

7. Ring Tail

There are rings on the tail, which can be one or many and range in hue from white to very light grey to black.

8. White Tip

A glider that is grey in color but has a few white hairs or a huge white tip on the end of its tail. This gene is also recessive.

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9. White Face Blonde

The lack of the bar that runs from underneath the ear to the chin. The fur is lighter in color and has a golden tone. Because this is a dominant gene, only one of the pair’s gliders needs to have the gene to create white-faced kids.

If the offspring do not have the white face trait, they did not inherit the gene from their parents and will be unable to create a white face (unless they are paired with a white face).

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