We’ve seen albino whales, penguins, giraffes, and other species, but have you ever seen an albino turtle with a fiery shell?
Compared to other species, turtles often exhibit a variety of albinism types.
They frequently have only one color in their bodies, thus they may seem yellow or red.
As a result, they resemble fire-breathing dragons or fabled monsters from another dimension.
Due to the absence of camouflage provided by their natural pigmentation, albino turtles are more vulnerable to predators. Therefore, their shorter lifespan contributes to their rarity.
Due to the protection their thick shell provides, albino turtles typically live longer than other species, even if their lifespan is still shorter than that of a typical turtle.
When Hope the albino turtle was born, she made news because her heart beat outside of her shell.
This unique creature was born with her heart pumping outside of her body, in addition to being an albino.
Aqua Mike has continued to care for her, and she will celebrate her fourth birthday later this year!
“I fell instantly in love. It was as though I had encountered a strange animal I had never imagined existed.”
“There are various sorts of albino turtles,” he specified. Some turtles, such as red-eared sliders, may appear solid yellow without any patterning on their shells, but the pink belly side necks are known to have pink on them even when they aren’t albino, thus that color remains in the albino form as well!
According to Aqua Mike, albino turtles make excellent pets, but they are not the same as dogs or cats.
They are quite interactive and will beg you for food, pose for photographs, and do everything else, but they are not meant to be handled.
“I am frequently asked what a decent, tame turtle is to purchase for children. They can be handled, but they are neither a dog nor a cat. They are most content when left alone!”
He continued, “Albino turtles are remarkable creatures. Due to their reduced vision, it might be difficult for them to locate food in their tank while they are young.”
This necessitates moving them to a smaller feeding container where the food is much more accessible in order to guarantee they consume enough.
However, after they reach 3 to 4 inches in length, they are considerably more capable of locating food within their cage and do not need to be removed from the tank to be fed in a separate container.
“Albinos are also far more visible than normals. Normal turtles may experience shock or fear when they see you, causing them to swim away and hide.
“The albino does not perceive the same level of danger in your presence since you have been feeding them for so long. They behave much more naturally, allowing for enhanced observation and research of these unique species.”