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Albino squirrels are completely white with red or pink eyes. This unique eye color are found in all albino animals and is result of a lack of melanin pigments that produce eye and coat color. Albinism is a genetic condition caused by a recessive gene. This means that both of the parents have to be carriers of this gene in order to produce albino offspring. This is what makes it so rare. It is estimated that 20-30% of white squirrels in North America are albino.
The squirrels inhabit the eastern and midwestern U.S. and the eastern provinces of Canada, but certain cities and towns are known for their large population of white squirrels, including Brevard, North Carolina; Marionville, Missouri; Olney, Illinois; Kenton, Tennessee; and Exeter, Ontario.
These squirrels are pretty rare alright, any white animal whether it's a alligator, a deer, or an giraffe, they're all unique in everything.