Albino Sugar Gliders
An Albino sugar glider is one that lacks pigmentation. It has white fur, or very faint markings, and red eyes. Albinism is caused by a mutation in one of the genes that produces melanin. This results in a complete or partial absence of the enzyme tyrosinase. Tyrosinase catalyzes the production of melanin and other pigments in the skin, hair, and eyes.
In humans, Albinism is associated with a number of vision defects, such as photophobia, nystagmus, and amblyopia. However, this phenomenon is not studied or observed in the general sugar glider population.
This is a very rare color in Sugar Gliders and the genotype is recessive in nature, thus an albino sugar glider must possess two albino alleles to be phenotypically shown. The Pet Glider has raised many albinos, in good health, to old age. Happily, we have not observed any negative health issues related to albinism in sugar gliders.
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