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Rare white squirrel photographed in metro area

10:45 PM, Nov 27, 2012   |    comments
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A CPW biologist identified the animal as a leucistic Fox Squirrel.

While the squirrel may appear to be albino CPW spokesman Randy Hampton says there are subtle differences that indicate the squirrel is leucistic.

Albino animals have no pigmentation and red eyes.

Leucism is a condition defined as having reduced pigmentation, meaning the animal could have patches of color and color in the eyes.

Hampton says the pictures St. Aubin took show the squirrel has color in its eyes, leading them to their conclusion.

Just a few weeks ago, CPW identified another squirrel that was photographed by a 9NEWS viewer as leucistic. In that case, Hampton says the animal was mostly white, but had patches of color.

Hampton says the condition is uncommon, but not surprising. The Fox Squirrel is the most common species of tree squirrel found in the metro area.

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