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    • #12433
      vk4vfx
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      For your interest …………. I am sure you will all find this interesting, this image was posted to me by a friend who lives in Jambaroo in New south wales.

      I am aware it is a mutated gene that is responsible for its coloration (or it has consumed way to many white ants 😀 ) but I have never heard of nor seen this in an echidna before, the echidna’s are pretty well protected from predation as in the predator soon gets "the point" from its impenetrable mass of spines but im sure it would have to have some disadvantage being of this color?


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    • #95703
      nova707
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      unless the echidna lives in a snowy enviroment, i would assume that it your be a disadvantage for it.

    • #95747
      plasmodesmata11
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      well, it lacks pigments, which protect DNA from mutation by absorbing UV rays
      so albinos want to dodge the sun, so it would be more disposed to developing cancer

    • #96256
      i_r_e_d
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      So… What you guys are saying is… That if we transfer this echidna to the North Pole and start a colony of Polar Echidnas, then it wouldn’t have a problem because it would camouflage with the snow and it would have minimal sun contact…

    • #96265
      JackBean
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      But it will probably have a little problems because of the temperature 😉 To my knowledge, they live in hot areas, what’s not much the case of North Pole, is it?

    • #96334
      i_r_e_d
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      Ah monkey feathers!! You are right!!

    • #96352
      Endangered
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      Actually it might be leucystic instead of an albino. Leucystic animals have a preponderance of white pigment and this is actually a more common genetic form to be seen in the wild since the critter is not at risk from UV rays.

      If I ever get to visit the Arctic and find an frozen echidna stuck to my pac boot…I will know who to blame 😡

    • #96408
      JackBean
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      quote Endangered:

      If I ever get to visit the Arctic and find an frozen echidna stuck to my pac boot…I will know who to blame 😡

      😆 😆 😆

      So, you say, that it produces some white pigment? What for pigment is that? Is that something similar to natural pigment or what?

    • #96881
      WhatsItsFace
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      quote i_r_e_d:

      So… What you guys are saying is… That if we transfer this echidna to the North Pole and start a colony of Polar Echidnas, then it wouldn’t have a problem because it would camouflage with the snow and it would have minimal sun contact…

      This reminds me of the old saying "A white Elephant." Awesome idea, not good for much though 😐

    • #96908
      JackBean
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      What about white rhino?

    • #97597
      animemusic8
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      there is no such as "white pigment" or "green pigment" …does anybody want a debate about that???

      anyway,there are a lot of disadvantages for being an albino… one of them is the lack of pigment makes the skin unusually sensitive to sunlight and thus susceptible to sunburn and also the visual problems.

    • #97605
      JackBean
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      there’s no green pigment??? 🙄

    • #102658
      vk4vfx
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      quote JackBean:

      But it will probably have a little problems because of the temperature 😉 To my knowledge, they live in hot areas, what’s not much the case of North Pole, is it?

      Yes it would not last 5 seconds in Antarctica far to cold not to mention there are no white ants there that make up the bulk of it’s diet, as for the "white rhino" there is no such thing really this is (proper name) "wide mouth" the wide mouth rhino’s name over time has evolved to "white rhino" another example of this is the Australian Death adder who started out named "deaf adder" over time this evolved to "Death adder" http://deathadder.yolasite.com/

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