Are you trying to decide whether a black beauty sugar glider is suitable for your household?
I’ll take you through everything a potential owner might need to know before making a final choice.
These discussions should make it clear whether you’re ready for this responsibility.
Let’s dive into this process and find out whether owning one is right for you.
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What Does a Black Beauty Sugar Glider Look Like?
Black beauties are a variation of a standard (classic) gray sugar gliders
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These particular types will have significantly dark, almost charcoal markings.
In most cases, these animals will also have black knuckles to complement those markings.
Some will even have a dark belly instead of the commonplace white bellies.
Another distinctive trait would be them having dark rings around their eyes. You might notice it looks like these gliders are wearing eyeliner.
Honestly, it’s quite a cute trait for these fantastic creatures to offer.
But the real tell of a black beauty sugar glider is black bars running from ear to eyes and their chin straps. Both of these traits tend to be desirable among people looking for a new sugar glider.
However, it has become difficult to successfully bred for the black beauty characteristic. Some breeders have managed to do it, but it seems somewhat random.
It’s become an annoying and frustrating experience for the breeding community.
In any case, finding a black beauty shouldn’t be too tricky as there’s a lot of reputable breeders who have some available.
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How are Standard Black Beauties Different than Black Face Black Beauty Sugar Gliders?
Pet owners often get black beauties confused with another established coloring: black face black beauty sugar gliders.
I can’t say anyone should blame them considering the name of these types of sugar gliders.
However, there are a few distinct differences between the two types worth mentioning.
It comes down to black face black beauties won’t have those adorable eyeliner circles around their eyes.
These types will only have a visible nose-band, which makes identifying them much easier.
After all, this band will be the only place where any gray coloring is noticeable on their face: hence, the “black face” part of their name.
It’s also worth noting black face black beauties have sadly become known for dying much early than expected.
They even have a habit of dying before the weaning process begins.
What Will a Black Beauty Sugar Glider Cost?
As I mentioned earlier, black beauties are a variation of classic gray glides. This characteristic happens to be a huge benefit when it comes to their overall price.
Buyers can expect these gliders to cost the same as those classic gray ones, especially if they have no lineage. Purchasing one will cost anywhere between $250 to $350.
Of course, this price can be much lower or higher, depending on where you’re buying.
If you’re in an area that only has a single sugar glider breeder, they can set the price as high or low as they desire.
How Long will a Black Beauty Sugar Glider Live?
Black beauties, unlike their black face black beauty counterparts, aren’t prone to dying earlier than expected.
These animals shouldn’t have any issues living as long as any other type of sugar glider.
You can expect them to stay alive for a solid 10-12 years, depending on how well they’re cared for by their owner.
I should mention that they’re a few diseases and conditions sugar gliders are prone to getting.
Any potential owner should be aware of the following conditions:
- Metabolic bone disease
- Dental problems
- Stress-related disease
As a result, every sugar glider owner must have a veterinarian who keeps comprised of their health.
It’s the only way to ensure your little guy lasts those 12 or even more years.
What Do Black Beauty Sugar Gliders Eat?
As with any sugar glider, black beauties are omnivores capable of eating both animal and plant matter.
Wild ones will consume insects, nectar from flowers, a limited amount of fruit, and sap/gum from acacia/eucalyptus trees.
This diet is a bit difficult for pet owners to replicate. Most of them tend to over-rely on fruit and underfed their gliders’ critical nectar and protein sources.
Nobody seems to have found a diet capable of working with only one or two items. Experts instead recommend a diet that combines the following:
- 25% protein (cooked eggs, small amounts of lean cooked meat, crickets, mealworms, etc.)
- 25% leafy veggies and limited quantities of fruit (carrot, mango, grape, apple, sweet potato)
- 50% commercially pelleted food for sugar gliders (nectar source)
But again, there’s no perfect diet for pet sugar gliders.
It’s essential to discuss diets with a veterinarian who has a handle on your specific black beauty’s needs.
You can find some easy sugar glider food recipes here.
If you have any more questions, let me know in our comment section.
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My name is Ben Roberts, and I absolutely love animals. So, naturally, I love writing about them too! As far as my animals, I have a Pit-bull, a Beagle-lab mix, a Chihuahua, and one old cat. Each one of them provides me with a new adventure every day. And the best part is they’re all best friends. Well, except the cat when he gets a little annoyed.
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