Curious about the different sugar glider breeds and colors?
These unique pets have become available in more and more variations over the past years.
But it has become hard to keep track of all the new colors and breeds.
I’ll make this easier by discussing all of them below, so let’s get to know each of the 17 colors/breeds out there!
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Sugar Glider Breeds and Colors
From the classic gray that everyone has seen to colors so rare, we couldn’t even find a picture, gliders come in many different variations.
Let’s start with the most common and work our way down!
Classic Gray Sugar Gliders
Classic gray sugar gliders are the most common variety of these cute animals. In fact, this color happens to be what they naturally feature.
You can identify them by their coats being different shades of gray.
But you’ll notice them having a dark brown or black stripe running from their tail to the tops of their heads.
Another notable feature is thick dark lines stretching from their eye to the ear.
Black Beauty Sugar Gliders
Our second type is a variation of the classic gray sugar glider.
The main difference is their back stripe is pitch black rather than having any hint of brown.
People can identify them by their black knuckles and dark circles around their eyes.
Those dark circles kind of look like they’re wearing some eyeliner.
Undertones will be present on a black beauty’s chin strap and belly, as well.
Breeders often have trouble getting these traits to pass on because they aren’t recessive or dominant.
Black Face Black Beauties Sugar Gliders
Black face back beauties sugar gliders is quite a mouthful for an animal’s name.
However, it’s worth knowing because these gliders are adorable.
You can attribute their name to the black appearance of their faces.
These gliders won’t have dark circles around their eyes like standard black beauties and will only have a visible noseband.
Sadly, this variation has become known for its high mortality rate. Some of them will even die before weaning.
Leucistic Sugar Gliders
The first thing to know about leucistic sugar glidersis where they got their unique name.
Leucistic refers to a condition called leucism, which causes animals to lack melanin on their skin.
A couple of other identifiable traits would be their translucent ears and black eyes.
Mosaic Sugar Gliders
Mosaic sugar gliders are popular because they come in numerous colors and patterns.
Each of them will show different amounts of white pigment on their respective bodies.
But most of these gliders will have white/black whiskers and white hands.
As with classic gray gliders, mosaics come in multiple variations.
Mosaic is considered a trait rather than a color because it can appear on any colored sugar glider.
Piebald Sugar Gliders
Piebalds are a rare variation of mosaic sugar gliders, which feature peculiar far patches.
You’ll notice these patches aren’t like what’s expected on mosaics and vary in size.
The spots coloring will depend on each sugar glider’s genes, but they’ll either be shades of gray or black.
In any case, you can expect a Piebald’s spots coloring to be in direct conflict with their mosaic color.
White Mosaic Sugar Gliders
It shouldn’t be too shocking to learn these sugar gliders have a white base coloring. Most of them will also contain little to no dark-colored markings.
But white mosaics with dark markings will have them located on their ears. The size of them will vary from glider to glider.
Some might even have leucistic genetics.
The difference becomes noticeable around two weeks old when they start getting color on their ears.
Creamino Sugar Gliders
Sugar gilders with a reddish crème colored fur or cream-colored body are called creaminos.
These animals will have breathtaking brown or reddish markings and deep ruby eyes.
It’s important to note that this coloring doesn’t appear naturally in the wild.
It’s only made possible through selective breeding.
White Face Blonde Sugar Gliders
The second most common color variation would have to be white face blond sugar gliders.
Its main distinct trait is lacking those black bars, which run from ear to ear on a standard gilder’s face.
These gliders instead end up having white faces.
It’s not uncommon to see this variation in other colored gliders.
For instance, you might come across creaminos or mosaics with white faces.
Platinum Sugar Gliders
If you notice a sugar glider with a light silver body and dorsal stripe/markings, it’s considered platinum.
The stripe on these gliders won’t be as thick, and their paws will be white like mosaics.
Sugar gliders can also be both platinum and mosaics (true platinum mosaics).
These gliders would have a ringtail and white-collar like standard platinums, but the rest of their traits would be mosaic.
Ruby Platinum Sugar Gliders
Another rare variation would be ruby platinum sugar gliders, which are combos of platinums and cremeinos.
This mixture results in a glider with red eyes and a completely white body.
It looks much like an Albino glider (more on these later), but without having the albino genes.
These gliders have become a hot commodity among pet owners in recent years.
Sugar gliders with both cremeino and mosaic traits are called cremeino mosaics.
These critters will have a cremeino’s body color, red eyes, and contain a unique mosaic feature.
A popular variation is a brown spot on their heads (mosaic) with cremeinos’ body.
Mocistic Sugar Gliders
Mocistic sugar gliders combine the traits of leucistic and mosaics.
These variations will have almost white everything, such as their bodies, feet, and hands.
But what makes them different from a regular leucistic is having dark-tipped ears.
It can be tricky to identify them by their appearance alone, which is where knowing their genes will come in handy.
Albino Sugar Gliders
Sugar gliders with a lack of pigmentation are called albino sugar gliders.
These gliders will contain a completely white body, red eyes and feature little/faint to no markings.
An albino sugar glide is considered a rare color variation and recessive.
It makes them much more expensive than most other types available.
Red/Strawberry Sugar Gliders
As their name suggests, red/strawberry sugar gliders are known for their reddish toned fur.
Experts consider it an uncommon trait within sugar gliders.
Some red/strawberry sugar gliders will have garnet eyes, as well.
But this characteristic is even rarer and has become something of a holy grail for breeders.
Caramel Sugar Gliders
Caramel variations are a subspecies of sugar gliders, which feature a caramel coat with faint gray markings.
These gliders will have larger ears than most other types, white wrists, white hands, and fluffy curled tails.
Breeders should never crossbreed caramels with any other species.
It’ll only result in sterility rather than any color new variations or traits.
Ruby Leucistic Sugar Gliders
Ruby leucistic sugar gliders, also called double recessive sugar gliders, are a combo of two recessive color genes that results in red eyes and white fur.
Some other potential recessive combos capable of achieving this trait include:
- Leucistic and albino
- Albino and platinum
- Platinum and cremeino
- Leucistic and cremeino
- Cremeino and albino
I hope our discussions on all 17 sugar glider colors/breeds answered your questions.
If you have any more, let me know in our comment section. Thanks for reading!
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