|Albino black rat snake becomes part of Ijams education staff|
Ijams veterinarian Dr. Louise Conrad
So, Paul called Ijams and we called T.W.R.A. to work out the necessary paperwork. (All of our education animals have permits.)
The remarkable snake is now part of our education staff and will be shown to visitors and school groups for years to come. Ijams also has a young albino box turtle, both are under the care of Ijams veterinarian Dr. Louise Conrad.
Wikipedia: Albinism (from the Latin albus meaning "white") is a congenital disorder characterized by the complete or partial absence of pigment in the skin, hair and eyes due to absence or defect of tyrosinase, a copper-containing enzyme involved in the production of melanin, an ubiquitous color pigment found in most organisms. Albinism results from inheritance of recessive gene alleles and is known to affect all vertebrates, including humans.
Welcome to the staff. And thank you, Paul.
- Story and photos by Stephen Lyn Bales
|Animals with albinism even lack color pigments in their eyes|