10 rare and beautiful albino animals

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albino alligator

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Alligator

TreeHugger writer Sara Novak came face-to-face with an albino alligator at the South Carolina Aquarium in 2010. In her piece about the pigment-less gators, she highlights one of the main contradictions in the albino gator's life: The sun in the warm climates where gators thrive poses a danger to the albino's delicate skin that makes them unlikely to survive in the wild.

But albino animals aren't just at risk because of inability to fight off the sun: The pale skin also makes them an easy target for predators. Read on for a look at nine more common creatures -- turtles, birds, squirrels, frogs, and more -- who are surviving against the odds.

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