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Eastern Gray Squirrel

Sciurus carolinensis

Description:

I believe that this is an albino Eastern Gray Squirrel. There are white squirrels around the town that I live in, but the eye color is what leads me to believe that this is a true albino. He is a frequent visitor to my feeder, and can easily scare other squirrels from the area.

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9 Comments

Stephanie R.
Stephanie R. 7 years ago

Thank you Joseph. I haven't seen this guy in a while. I hope that he found another place to hang out (as opposed to having found the tire of a car).

Joseph R. Godreau
Joseph R. Godreau 7 years ago

Great photo... and very interesting.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 8 years ago

Turns out to be a popular choice: people are now posting their pictures of white squirrels on the app page :-)

Stephanie R.
Stephanie R. 8 years ago

Thank you Daniele. I am honored to have my photos used for the Fact of the Day!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 8 years ago

Congratulations Stephanie, your spotting has been chosen for Project Noah Fact of the Day: "People have long been fascinated by white squirrels and often refer to them as “albino”. True albino mammals lack the pigment melanin as a result of a genetic defect. These animals not only have pure white fur, but also show pink eyes and pink skin as a result of the total lack of pigment which allows blood vessels to become visible. In reality, the majority of spotted white squirrels are not affected by albinism but by leucism. Leucism is caused by a partial reduction in multiple types of pigment of a different genetic origin. Leucistic animals can be white, pale or patchy in coloration, but their eyes are unaffected. Both albino and leucistic animals have increased chances of being preyed upon.

Albino Eastern gray squirrel spotted in Illinois, USA by Project Noah user stephanielrickman. Check this whole series of wonderful photographs!"
https://www.facebook.com/projectnoah/pho...

Gabe39
Gabe39 8 years ago

Wow!!

Stephanie R.
Stephanie R. 8 years ago

Thank you Ernest!

Stephanie R.
Stephanie R. 8 years ago

Thank you Bill. I did not use a flash; the eyes were red.

beaker98
beaker98 8 years ago

I think you're right on the albinism here. It has those pinkish/red eyes unless you used a flash. You can also see lots of pink skin through the fur, which you can't see on white eastern grays. The skin almost looks irritated. Great series Stephanie!

Stephanie R.
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Stephanie R.

Geneseo, Illinois, United States

Spotted on Mar 27, 2015
Submitted on Mar 31, 2015

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