Did you know that albinism can be experienced in Animals too?

Did you know that albinism can be experienced in Animals too?

Albinism is a birth defect condition that results to partial or complete absence of coloring pigment (tyrosinase – this is an enzyme vital in melanin production) in the skin, hair, and eyes.

Albinism is an inherited condition. Its transferred to a species through the inherited recessive genes alleles. This condition affects all vertebrates, both humans and animals. Technically, and species that have a back bone.

Albinism can be divided into two groups:

1. Albino – This applies to species that have no melanin.
2. Albinoid – This applies to the species that have insufficient amount of melanin.

Most of us have been exposed to albinism in humans. So we know very little about it in animals.
Albinism in animals results to them having pink nails, skin or scales. Animals too can fall into the two albinism groups mentioned above.

Animals that falls in the albino group appear bleached. While those that fall in the albinoid group, will have some parts that looked bleached. And the other parts will resemble coloration of their kind.

Note: The sure albinism test in animals is characterized by the light blue or pink eyes.

Problems faced by animals with albinism

⦁ They are not able to camouflage hence easily spotted by both their

and prey.
⦁ Sensitive skins.
⦁ Poor visual abilities hence vurnable to hunger and danger.
⦁ Sunlight causes unfavorable environment for them.
⦁ Some species may experience neurological problems. This commonly observed in the white mice.
⦁ Species that relies on coloration while mating are unable to attract mates.
⦁ They have poor immune system. This is due to the poor development due to the missing melanin.
⦁ Some cultures believe that they are a source of power or cure. Hence at the risk of being used wrongly. (They was a time when albino humans were hunted for rituals practices.)
⦁ May result to hearing disorders in some species such as the mices, cats and rats.
⦁ They generally have a short life span.

Uniqueness of these animals with albinism

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Published by Cheche Winnie

Article Writer and Blogger I am blogger , proof reader, writer and copy writer with a Bachelor degree and three years of experience. I write easy to read articles with excellent English and zero grammatical error. Articles that are creative and deliver the inteneded message . I do intense research while writing the articles. I always deliver my work on time and adhere to the timelines given. Always online hence able to start working on your piece as soon as your hire me. I work in real time. Nature Conservationist Passionate about nature conservation education and awareness. I believe that our existence depends on the mother nature. I am also have skills in researching and have managed to publish my own article on the effects of the exotic plants species on the indigenous plants in the Arid lands of Kenya.

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