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VENICE, Florida (KTLA) -- An orange alligator photographed in South Florida is raising questions about its strange pigment.
74-year-old Sylvia Mythen spotted the gator sunning beside a neighborhood canal in Venice near her home earlier this week and she was so shocked, she took a picture.
Mythen contacted her local news stations and a biologist but says she really took the picture because she wanted to show her grandkids in Indiana.
Originally posted by crazydaisy
If it was mud wouldn't we see a few clumps?
There are two different forms of albinism; a partial lack of the melanin is known as hypomelanism, or hypomelanosis and the total absence of melanin is known as amelanism or amelanosis.
Originally posted by 13th Zodiac
It is genetic.It is called hypomelanism .I am a herpetologist and wildlife curator for Elapid Education and Awareness Group .I keep a few examples of hypomelanistic animals here .Hypomelanism is a mutation just like an albino . While uncommon in the wild ,it is made a common trait in captive animals through line breeding .edit on 8-1-2011 by 13th Zodiac because: typo