SG Dark Red/Brown Color.

To address the questions folks have about sugar gliders with a dark red/brown color.

Many of you have read that sugar gliders that have a dark red/brown color are on bad diets and that this somehow cause a “staining” in their fur. Nothing could be further from the truth! In today’s breeding atmosphere, many color variations have come available Albinos, Black Beauties, Leucistics, Lions, Mosaics, and Cinnamons just to name a few. The dark red/brown color (Cinnamon) you see can be found in many different variations across the board in sugar gliders.

To address the idea that this color is a “staining” caused by a bad diet, this idea is often preached online by uneducated owners who have never breed or seen a real healthy sugar glider breeding pair. By real I mean a sugar glider breeding pair that is being feed a high enough protein diet that they produce two joys every time and that the parents have a healthy weight between 3.5 – 4 ounce female and 4 – 5 ounce male. Most importantly the color of their fur has changed from a classic gray to the dark cinnamon color as a sign that their bodies have fully been saturated with protein.

When we first started to rescue and breed sugar gliders at Crazy Critters (<> ) they all came in as the classic gray color and I too believed what I had read online about the red/brown color being a bad thing. When our first joys were born they did not survive the mothers did not have enough milk for them, they lost interest in them, the parents were mean and crab all the time, the babies were born premature and they were eaten by their mothers. These were but a few of the problems we faced and it broke my heart, I went to bed every night crying that I wasn’t able to save them or to better help the mothers. My own mother and business partner is the one who solved the problem “go back to the basics” she said, but they have food I sputtered! To which she replied when do sugar gliders breed in the wild? In the spring when there are more bugs and other proton sources available to eat. At the time, I was feeding a popular sugar glider diet online that came highly recommended along with fruit & veggies. The instant I started to increase the protein leaves everything change.

Thawed out pinky mice, cooked turkey, mealworms over the next couple of weeks I saw a difference in my sugar gliders that I did not think was possible! The parents became friendly the babies were born fat the mothers no longer abounded them or tried to eat them. The most curious thing of all the parents’ fur took on a dark red/brown color and the more I increased their protein the darker red/brown it became and the better the sugar gliders behaved and for the first time my sugar gliders started to gain health weight mass and muscle. When I first noticed the dark red/brown color I thought I was doing something wrong I check every angle of my diet plan It was during this research that I found a website online that talk about how when sugar gliders were first brought to the USA as pets the wild parents were (surprise!) a dark red/brown color but that the babies were born classic gray. The difference in a wild diet verse a captive diet changed everything and somehow over the years the idea has emerged that the dark red/brown “staining” is a bad thing which is just not true.

Here at Crazy Critters we have worked very hard over many years to find the best possible balance between convenience for keepers and necessary nutritional needs of these very special exotic pets and until something better comes along we believe that our "Wild Glider" diet plan is the best out on the market.

I hope this helps bring light to this often highly debated topic.

Sasha Kelly USDA licensed & inspected owner of Crazy Critters & the proud exotic pet parent too many rescue, re-homed and healthy breeding sugar glider moms & dads.

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