Rare yellow turtle discovered in India, product of albinism, experts say

A rare yellow turtle discovered by a farmer, Basudev Mahapatra in eastern India
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Emeh Joy

A farmer in eastern India has discovered a yellow turtle which experts claim is the product of albinism.

A farmer identified as Basudev Mahapatra spotted the turtle while he was at work in his field in the Sujanpure village located within the Odisha's Balasore district. He then decided to bring it home.

Mahapatra who found the turtle on Sunday handed it over to forest officials who called for conservation experts, CNN reported.

Siddhartha Pati, the Executive Director at the Association for Biodiversity Conservation which plays the role of protecting wildlife and habitats told news reporters that it was the first time he had seen this kind of turtle.

He explained that the turtle's colour is as a result of albinism. He said, "It is a congenital disorder, and it is characterized by the complete or partial absence of tyrosine pigment.

"Also, sometimes a mutation takes place in the gene sequence, or there is a deficiency of tyrosine".

Patti also said that the turtle was released into the wild in Balasore.

Patti further said, "We find turtles and crabs regularly, and we rescue them and release them into the water. But this is the first time in Odisha and second time in India that an albino turtle has been found".

A rare albino turtle discovered in Australia

He said that the turtle is mostly seen in Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and Myanmar. It is an omnivore and feeds on snails, frogs as well as aquatic vegetation.

A rare albino green turtle which was newly hatched was found in an Australian beach in 2016. Volunteers from Coolum and North Shore Coast were all amazed at the sight of the tiny creature and the named it, "Little Alby".

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