Colour­less crea­tures

They may be seen as mys­ti­cal crea­tures, but spirit bears are not the only white an­i­mals around

World of Animals - - Spirit Of The Rainforest -

squir­rel

This squir­rel isn’t an al­bino – it’s leucis­tic. Leu­cism is a con­di­tion that re­sults in par­tial or com­plete loss of pig­men­ta­tion in ev­ery­thing other than the eyes.

pea­cock

Pea­cocks usu­ally daz­zle fe­males with their colour­ful plumage, but a few are born pure white or mostly white with patches of iri­des­cent blue.

tiger

White tigers are also known as bleached tigers. Their stripes of­ten re­main in­tact, although an­other ge­netic con­di­tion can re­move the char­ac­ter­is­tic pat­tern.

antarc­tic fur seal

Not all ‘white’ an­i­mals are snow white. As this seal pup demon­strates, slight pig­men­ta­tion and en­vi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions can pro­duce creamy fur.

retic­u­lated python

Snakes usu­ally cov­ered in geo­met­ric pat­terns can be born com­pletely white and miss­ing patches of colours. These in­di­vid­u­als are prized among en­thu­si­asts.

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