conducting turtle surveys on the Holston River in Washington County,
DGIF Biologists captured this exceptionally rare leucistic Common
Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina).
Pictured on the left is the
normal coloration. Leucism is a condition in which there is partial loss
of pigmentation resulting in a pale or “white” appearance. In deer,
this condition is often referred to as “piebald”. The turtle was