Nature & Environment
Mature white crocodile sighted in Australia
By T.K. Randall
November 22, 2017 · 1 comment
The crocodile was 10ft long. Image Credit: Facebook / NT Crocodile Conservation and Protection Society
Nicknamed Pearl, the reptile was seen swimming around in the Adelaide River near Darwin on Sunday.
Large adult crocodiles of this color are particularly unusual because juveniles with such a pale complexion tend to be preyed upon by other predators and never make it to adulthood.
The white coloration is due to a lack of the pigment melanin - a condition known as hypomelanism.
"It's a little bit more unusual to see an adult crocodile with that lighter coloration," said Adam Britton, a research associate at Charles Darwin University.
"I've seen crocodiles like this every now and then, but not as big in the wild."
Source: BBC News
| Comments (1)