Black Face Black Beauty Sugar Gliders

Black Face Black Beauties, (commonly called BFBB in the Sugar Glider community), have an overall "black face". They lack eye rings around the eyes, and only the noseband is visible. The lack of eye rings is what gives off the "black face" look! The whole face may appear dark or the area around the eyes very light in contrast to a very dark face.

The first black face discovered is named Elvis. His parents are Beeny & Wendy. Elvis has three other BFBB siblings, Raven, Java & Parsnip. Raven resides and is breeding at The Pet Glider. In order to display the BFBB phenotypically (the color they look physically), a glider needs only one allele from one parent. Considering that, breeding BFBB X BFBB can result in a melanistic glider, if the joey inherits two BFBB alleles. Melanism (derived from the Greek: μελανός ("black pigment")) is a development of the dark-colored pigment melanin in the skin or its appendages and is the opposite of albinism.

Many melanistic babies have died before weaning (approx. 8 weeks old). Most have very thin tails and then coat. The cause is unknown. Because of infant mortality and an unhealthy look, it is unwise to breed BFBB to BFBB. Best practice is to breed the BFBB sugar glider to black beauties who are not related to any BFBB. They should be outbred 6-8 generations. After being bred out with new blood it is thought that they can then be safely bred back to a BFBB who is also bred out multiple generations.

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