Photo Gallery | Rare white squirrel spotted in Summerville backyard
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCSC) - A Live 5 News viewer in Summerville found a rare furry critter sneaking around in his backyard Friday afternoon.
Marshall Hogon snapped some shots of a white squirrel climbing around at his home in Kings Grant. The pictures show the squirrel perched atop a butterfly home, in a garden, and hanging around with a more common tree squirrel.
The white squirrel is a rare color variant of common squirrels such as the tree squirrel and the eastern gray squirrel. The squirrel's white fur is caused by a mutated gene that reduces pigment.
Even more rare are albino squirrels. These squirrels not only have white fur, but their eyes are pink or blue. This occurs when the genes responsible for producing melanin are mutated, producing no pigment.
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