Albino Animals: Top 10 Amazing White Animals
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- Thought by some to symbolize unconditional love, the white peacock is a rare bird with pure white plumage. They are not albinos but have leukemia.
- Arctic foxes have white fur in winter that acts as camouflage in snowy environments. In spring and summer, its coat turns brownish-gray.
- Due to a genetic mutation, albino rabbits have white fur and red eyes. Their skin is sensitive to sunlight, and their eyesight is not as good as that of dark-eyed rabbits.
When you think of squirrels, you probably picture a squirrel with gray or brown fur. Or, when someone says the word crocodile, you might think of a reptile with dark green scales that glides through the water. But did you know that some squirrels have white fur and some crocodiles have snow-white scales?
This is real. These are some examples of albino animals.
Imagine seeing a white squirrel gathering nuts with a gray or brown squirrel. They are all squirrels, but one of them is white! This phenomenon can be seen in many types of animals.
Discover some of the rarest white animals in nature. Also, learn the difference between albino and albino animals. The animals on this list are either naturally white or snow white due to their unusual genes.
#10 Albino Rabbit
You have probably seen many rabbits that have white fur but other colors. So, what makes albino rabbits special? An albino rabbit must have pure white fur and red eyes. Albino rabbits have a genetic mutation that causes abnormal pigmentation. This takes the form of a solid-colored coat with bright white fur and red eyes. Any breed of rabbit can experience this genetic mutation.
Like other kinds of rabbits, albino rabbits make great pets. However, there are some special considerations when caring for albino rabbits. For one thing, their white fur makes them more sensitive to heat and sunlight. Also, this rabbit's eyesight may not be as sharp as that of a black-eyed rabbit. Therefore, their outdoor exercise and other activities need to be monitored more closely than other types of rabbits.
#9 Albino Alligator
Alligators don't seem to be on the list of snow-white animals. Alligators have dark green scales and brown eyes, right? Well, most of the time it is. But albino crocodiles are a very interesting exception.
Albino alligators have a genetic mutation that causes their skin to lack pigment or color. So, these crocodiles are all white animals with pale pink eyes.
While the alligator's eyesight appears to be on par with its green cousins, it has one disadvantage. Due to its bright white skin, it cannot camouflage itself in its habitat. This makes it vulnerable to predators. Plus, its light skin puts it at risk of burning if it's left in the sun for too long. Crocodiles are cold-blooded animals and must spend a certain amount of time in the sun to warm their bodies.
#8 Albino Peacock Cichlid
The name Albino Peacock Cichlid seems a bit confusing. Although the word peacock is in the fish's name, Albino is more descriptive of its appearance. Due to a genetic mutation, the fish is all white and has red eyes. These fish are about six inches long and live in warm water lakes in East Africa. Not surprisingly, these glowing fish are always in danger of being eaten by predators. Albino peacock cichlids are hard to hide from!
Many fish lovers keep albino peacock cichlids in their aquariums. While they don't have the same colorful scales as other cichlids, they match well with other types of fish. These white animals can make a great contrast to an aquarium full of brightly colored fish!
#7 White Great Dane
The white Great Dane is another albino animal on this list. Great Dane coat colors include brindle, fawn, black and silver. A genetic mutation in the white Great Dane gives it white fur and light blue eyes. Some white Great Danes have several highlights on their fur.
Unfortunately, a genetic mutation in white Great Danes causes most of them to be born deaf. Due to its deafness, those who adopt a white Great Dane should be prepared to give this dog extra guidance and attention. While these dogs look very different from traditional Great Danes, they share the breed's sweet, affectionate nature.
#6 White Kangaroo
If you've ever seen a white kangaroo, you've seen one of nature's rarest sights. As you may know, most kangaroos have a brownish gray coat. White kangaroos are not born white. Scientists believe their fur is white due to a disease called albinism. Albinism is different from albinism. Albino animals have white fur and red eyes, while albino animals (such as white kangaroos) have white fur and black eyes.
As you might expect, white kangaroos living in zoos live longer than those in the wild. Although white kangaroos live in groups or mobs of other kangaroos, these snow-white animals are easily spotted by predators. Unfortunately, they don't blend into the habitat like their brownish-gray counterparts.
#5 Arctic Fox
The arctic fox is the only animal on this list with natural white fur. Arctic foxes come in winter colors and summer colors. The winter color of the arctic fox is pure white. However, in spring and summer, its coat turns brownish-gray. The fur of arctic foxes acts as camouflage during winter and warmer months. As such, it has some protection from predators throughout the season.
In winter, the arctic fox's natural white fur is thick enough to keep it warm when temperatures drop below freezing. In spring and summer, its brown-gray coat is lighter in color so the fox can live comfortably in warmer temperatures. Think of it as you switching from a winter color to a summer color.
#4 White Squirrel
While white squirrels are the rarest of the species, they still exist if you keep your eyes open! Squirrels are not born white.
The lack of color is due to a mutant gene in the eastern gray squirrel. Squirrels with white fur have albinism, which reduces all types of skin pigmentation, including melanin. Therefore, white squirrels are not considered albino. They have dark eyes and gray or black markings on their fur. In fact, some of these white animals have a gray stripe down their backs. This is called a back streak.
White squirrels don't have any particular health problems. They live in the same habitat as other squirrels, have the same behaviors, and eat the same food. Unfortunately, due to their color, they are easily seen by predators.
#3 White Koala Bear
White koala bears are one of the rarest sights in captivity and in the wild. A white koala bear has a recessive gene that causes it to grow white fur. These koalas have black eyes, so they are not albino koala bears.
White koala bears do not have any different health problems than gray or brown koala bears. But, again, white koala bears living in the wild are more at risk from predators than koala bears that are able to integrate into their habitat. Australia Zoo in Queensland has been lucky enough to welcome a white koala bear.
#2 Albino Frog
Are there any frogs that qualify as snow-white animals? Yes. Albino Frog! Albino frogs are not a specific type of frog. It is a disease with a recessive gene (albinism). They have glowing white skin and red eyes. Although they look different from most other frogs, albino frogs don't have any particular health problems because they don't have color.
Albino frogs are popular pets because they look so different from other frogs. This is a good thing, as albino frogs in the wild are at high risk of being eaten due to their high visibility. The bodies of these frogs are sometimes pink in color. This is because their blood vessels can be seen through the papery skin. Owners of these frogs will need to monitor the amount of light in the aquarium to ensure the frogs are not receiving too much light.
#1 White Peacock
It might seem like you'd be hard-pressed to find a peacock on your winter color animal list, but here it is. Watching a white peacock unfurl its fan of white feathers looks like it belongs in a fantasy story. But these birds are real!
White peacocks are not albino. Like other animals on this list, they have leukocytosis. These birds have black eyes, like peacocks, and traditional blue, green and black plumage.
White peacocks can only be found in captivity, including on farms and zoos. These birds spread their pure white plumage and prancing around like other, more colorful peacocks. In fact, its feather fan, also known as a train, can measure four to five feet long. Some consider the white peacock to be a symbol of unconditional love.
Top 10 Amazing White Animals Summary
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