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10 animals with unusual color mutations

By: Bryan Nelson on Aug. 11, 2016, 10:23 a.m.
piebald python

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Piebald python

Piebaldism is a rare condition that affects the body's ability to make the pigment, melanin, which gives skin its color. The result is an animal that is spotted with segments of white pigmentation intermixed with normal pigmentation. The phenomenon is perhaps most beautifully represented in pythons, as it creates a spectacular design.

Though piebald animals may appear partially albino, piebaldism is an entirely different, unrelated condition.