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This Albino Turtle Is Absolutely Stunning

Nature always finds a way to impress us with its creations. We keep learning about its treasures, and yes, we are amazed by its beauty. Going against nature is the worst mistake people made, because its endless power always teaches a lesson.

Nature is beautiful, terrifying and magnificent at the same time. It’s full of great animals, and let’s be honest, we have so much to learn about it. Have you ever seen an albino turtle?

The Albino Rhinoclemmys pulcherrima or the Painted Wood Turtle is so rare and it thrives in just a few areas. It’s commonly found on the west coast of Mexico and Central America. You just can’t ignore the red and yellow marks on its shell and head.

These turtles eat pretty much anything. They have grass, fruits, wildflowers, insects, worms, and fish on their menu.

An albino turtle lives for over 20 year, but the number of these beauties has declined a lot in the past few years. They are sold on the black market, and sadly, an albino turtle dies within a year in captivity.

Albinism is common in both humans and animals. It occurs as a result of reduced or no pigmentation in the skin, eyes, and even hair. Children inherit it from their parents.

Genes that lead to this phenomenon block the production of melanin. However, this type of albinism has nothing to do with the albinism in turtles, lizards and other reptiles. These species have one pigment in their skin, and it gives them yellow, orange, red or pink skin color.

Albino turtles are so special, and their red eyes are hypnotizing. There’s something beautiful about their orange skin and shell. We bet you’ve never seen anything like this.

Unfortunately, albino animals are an easy target for predators. They can’t even chase their prey because it’s impossible for them to hide and camouflage.

Well, albino turtles have one major advantage. Unlike other animals, they have a hard shell, and it offers them extra protection.

This isn’t the only problem albino animals have. They have a problem mating, because their peers consider them an outcast. Albino animals have vision and hearing issues as well.

This doesn’t make them any less attractive than their pals, right?

Sources:
www.natureknows.org
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