Mosaic sugar gliders come in endless patterns, showing different amounts of white pigment on their bodies. The patterns and color are random, but that just makes them more unique! Mosaicism involves the presence of two or more populations of cells with different genotypes in one individual, who has developed from a single fertilized egg.
In sugar gliders, mosaicism is either present or is not present. It is co-dominant and can never be recessive or heterozygous. For example: A mosaic parent and a classic grey parent have a 50% chance of producing a mosaic offspring and a 50% chance of producing a classic colored offspring.
Classic colored joeys cannot be “carriers” of the mosaic gene. Platinum sugar gliders can be both the mosaic and platinum at the same time, making them True Platinum Mosaics (called TPM). Typically, a TPM has a white “flash” mosaic marking on its neck and a white or ring tail. Leucistic sugar gliders can be both leucistic and platinum at the same time. They will be completely white but may or may not have a little color on their ears.