Albino animals are fascinating. You may saw one of those albino whales, penguins, giraffes, and zebras. Albinism in turtles may be different than it is in birds, mammals, or humans. If you think of it as white when you heard the word albino, you are thinking wrong! Albino turtles still have one pigment present in their bodies. Likewise, their appearance may look yellow or red, instead of just white. Albino turtles have red eyes and orange-tinged skin and shell, they are an incredible sight to watch. Their red eyes and orange-tinged skin and shell is what makes them incredible.
Despite their seemingly mysterious appearance, life in the wild doesn’t come easy for these creatures. Their unique appearance also leaves them vulnerable. Unfortunately, turtles with albinism have a shorter lifespan compared to normal turtles.
Several years ago an albino pink belly side neck turtle was born with her heart outside of her body. Accordingly named Hope, she became an online feeling and continues to improve thanks to the care of her Mike, who has been posting updates about her progress on Instagram. He said about his first reaction “I was immediately in love. It was like seeing something that I couldn’t have ever imagined to exist.”
Meet these precious creatures!
Image credits: Albinoturtles.com