White squirrel spotted in Conshohocken

A reader spotted a white squirrel in Conshohocken. If you are wondering, it could be white for two reasons. From Untamed Science:

White squirrels are almost always a white version of the eastern grey squirrel. There are a few types of genetic aberrations that cause the white coats. The first is albinism, caused by a mutation on a gene that codes for pigmentation. Albinos have red eyes. The other is a white morph, caused by a different gene. It is a naturally occurring trait of eastern grey squirrels that is very, very rare.

If you want to learn more about white squirrels visit Untamed Science’s White and Albino Squirrel Research Initiative page.

Photo: Christine Corazza