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The White Raccoon

Updated on November 24, 2017

Leucism

Most wild caught animals are not albino (completely without pigment--discussed below) but leucistic (greatly reduced pigment). If you look at examples of pale raccoons they often have a faint mask, or an all over orange tint.

Prominent phonograph retailer Zimmerman reports that the15-pound white raccoon (Procyon lotor) shown below was captured in the town of Peru, Indiana. Many other pictures of this phenomenon are more recent. Low pigment is a recessive gene, so there are probably more white raccoon around now as fragmented environments lead to increased inbreeding.

Picture above is from the collection of H E Zimmerman, a collector of curious and unusual things including photographs of freak animals of various sorts. The photograph is market "Griffin Studio Monroe LA". Zimmerman sold single photos and sets.
Picture above is from the collection of H E Zimmerman, a collector of curious and unusual things including photographs of freak animals of various sorts. The photograph is market "Griffin Studio Monroe LA". Zimmerman sold single photos and sets.

Blonde Raccoons

Raccoons that are paler than usual but still have some pigment or other normal raccoon markings are often referred to as "blonde raccoons". This is simply a particular expression of leucism.

Photographed in Florida (2002)
Photographed in Florida (2002) | Source

Albinism

A smaller proportion of pallid raccoons are true albinos, with no pigment--this is shown by having a pure white coat and pink eyes, as shown below.

White raccoon from wildlife refuge (2007)
White raccoon from wildlife refuge (2007) | Source

Full albinism has been shown to occur as a recessive trait in raccoons due to two different mutations.

Other Examples:

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      psycheskinner 5 years ago

      Wow, I would like to see that.

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      pestcontrolproduc 5 years ago

      If you ever want to see white raccoons in their native habitat--that is, their native habitat where they can actually survive--head for the Florida Keys. On some of the smaller islands there are relatively large colonies of albino, white, and white-ish raccoons that have almost no natural predators.

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      I have to admit that I hadn't heard of a white Racoon so thnaks for introducing us.

      Here's to so many more to share on here;and I award this one with an up up and away !!!

      Take care and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      zzron 6 years ago from Houston, TX.

      Very interesting. Thank you for sharing.

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      Liz Elias 6 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Interesting, indeed. Albinos in the wild do not usually survive, due to predation, because their coloring makes them stand out instead of being camouflaged.

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      Phoebe Pike 6 years ago

      Fascinating hub. The creature looks beautiful.

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