From another thread, a question was asked about whether or not gliders shed.
My reply was
Gliders DO shed but it is very very minimal and not something you should notice. Not like with a dog or cat. Their hairs are so tiny that what little they do shed, would be really hard to see.
If you are seeing glider hairs, and lots of them, then it is time to really look into their housing environment. Is it to warm? Is the humidity up high enough? What diet are they eating and are they being picky eaters and not getting what they need? What else could you be seeing? Is it time for the vet?
Has anyone else ever noticed their gliders shedding, even a little bit?
Also, JillMarie asked
I have brought up the subject of shedding, and possibly a "coat change" in the past and was ...mildly ridiculed....whats your thought on that possibility? Also I have one glider that has hair that is much longer than the other 3.
I think that yes, gliders coats can change. It is often caused from changes in environment (temperatures, humidity etc). Most animals will grow thicker coats in colder weather and shed some of it when it starts to warm up again. How often that happens with captive gliders may be very less often because we tend to keep our houses a pretty steady temperature.
I've seen it with changes in diet
or changes in stress levels (though that would probably have to be long term stress). Reep came to me almost bald (total body) and when we were finally able to remove the stress and get him on a good diet
, his hair did grow back but he was a different color than his previous photos showed him to be.
Also, Baybe...when I first met Baybe, she was such a GORGEOUS color! I call it a "champagne" color like with some car paints. Not tan but not silver or gold...somewhere in between. Always loved the color. But Bourbon said she was a classic grey but was showing her age. I noticed my older gliders colors have changed as well with age. They get "softer" in color. Their fur density changed some too (Dixie and Dexter's did anyway).
As for the longer hair..wow...that must be VERY cool! I think that is just a "thing" some gliders may have like two puppies from the same litter, one may have longer hair than the other. Just another way each glider is unique.
These are my opinions and observations of my gliders or ones I've seen.