White Sugar Gliders: Complete Guide

White sugar gliders are extremely beautiful. Sugar gliders come in many colors, there’s standard gray, mosaic, melanistic, and many others. They’re all beautiful, but my favorite is the white sugar glider.

White sugar gliders, also known as Leucistic sugar gliders, are among the most desired gliders out there because of their completely white coat and black eyes. In this post, we’re going to take a closer look at these pristinely colored creatures. We’ll take a look at some good names for white gliders, why they are white, the difference between this color and albinos, and many other things. Let’s get started!

What are white sugar gliders called?

a picture of a leucistic sugar glider
A leucistic glider; white coat and black eyes.

White sugar gliders are called Leucistic. They are gliders that have completely white fur with black eyes. In addition, they have translucent ears. Leucism is a term that describes the loss of pigmentation in the hair, but not in the eyes. As a result, their fur turns white! However, it’s not always the case that their entire coat turns white. It’s also possible that it partly turns white, this all depends on how many pigment cells fail to develop. Leucism not exclusive to gliders, it can happen to gorillas, turtles, peacocks, and many other animals.

These sugar gliders carry a recessive gene and need two alleles of this gene for their white coat to be displayed physically. To demonstrate, to have a chance to breed white sugar gliders you have to breed two gliders that have this recessive gene.

Are they albinos?

albino glider
An albino; as you can see it has red instead of black eyes.

Many people mistake them for albinos but they’re not the same. They both have white fur and can look quite similar, but there are differences between them.

For one, the biology is not the same, however, that’s quite complicated to explain and not really the point of this post. If you’re interested in learning more about the biological differences between albinos and white gliders I suggest reading up on mutations and genes.

To give a brief explanation though: white sugar gliders have partial loss of pigmentation affecting the color of their hairs. Albinos on the other hand lack melanin which affects the pigmentation in their entire body, including their eyes.

The main way you can recognize the difference between white and albino gliders is by looking at their eyes. Albinos have red eyes while Leucistic sugar gliders have dark eyes.

White mosaic gliders

white mosaic sugar glider
The white mosaic sugar glider; notice that it has pigmentation on the ears which the leucistic glider does not have

In addition to albinos and leucistic gliders, there are also white mosaics. They’re a variation of the mosaic coloration. These gliders look very similar to leucistic gliders but are not the same. They have an almost completely white fur with almost no dark fur. They may have dark spots on their ears, differing in size and pigmentation which sets them apart from the white gliders.

Do white sugar gliders get dirtier?

Well, they do not get dirtier, but since they have a white coat, they do appear to be dirtier sometimes. After all, dirt is much more visible on white surfaces. However, sugar gliders are very clean animals that groom themselves very frequently so this shouldn’t be a problem. A healthy glider does not need baths because they do an excellent job of keeping themselves clean.

Just make sure to keep their cage nice and clean and there should be no problem with a white glider being any dirtier than other gliders.

Platinum sugar gliders

Platinum sugar gliders are often confused as being white. They do look quite similar, but there are some differences that you should be aware of. For starters, platinum sugar gliders are more a silver-ish color rather than white. Also, they have brownish markings on their body, whereas leucistic gliders are completely white.

Are white sugar gliders rare or common?

I couldn’t find any official statistics on the coloration distribution among sugar gliders. However, since white gliders are a result of a recessive gene and need two of them they’re definitely rarer than most other glider coloration.

In addition, it’s possible for leucistic gliders to be partially white rather than completely white, therefore, a completely white glider that’s not albino is quite a rare sight.

However, I’ve done some research about the pricing of these gliders. Taking into account the natural supply and demand I assumed that white gliders would be more expensive if they were very rare, but this was not the case. Yes, they were slightly more expensive than the most common variations but not by a huge margin.

It’s also possible that this is the case because of the lower demand for white sugar gliders, who knows? One thing I will say though is that leucistic gliders had the lowest availability. Maybe the shops I was checking don’t price their gliders according to supply and demand…

To learn more about the white sugar glider price, check out this guide.

Names for white sugar gliders

If you’re considering getting a white sugar glider you might need some cool names for them. To give you some ideas, here are some names I like for white gliders:

  • Snowflake
  • Lucy (from the word “leucism”)
  • Pearl
  • Casper
  • Snowball
  • Alaska
  • Blizzard
  • Lightning
  • Icy

White sugar gliders for sale

There are 2 ways to get white gliders: buying or breeding.

If you want to breed a leucistic glider, you will need to have 2 gliders (male and female) that already have the recessive Leucistic gene. Since it’s a recessive gene, this is the only way to breed them.

If you want to buy them, most breeders have white gliders for sale. You can buy them online at sites like this.

How long do white sugar gliders live for?

There’s no difference in lifespan between the different color variations. All sugar gliders have the same lifespan of 10-12 years.

Conclusion

White (Leucistic) gliders are very beautiful creatures with a white coat. They’re not the same as albinos because they have black eyes while albinos have red eyes. If you want to get a white glider you will either have to breed two gliders that contain the recessive gene for this or buy them from a breeder.

I hope you enjoyed this guide and that it was informative! Let me know if you feel like I have missed something or if you have unanswered questions.

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