##### @leemer8520
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2020-02-21 17:05:40

Check out this melanistic garter snake (not sure the if exact species of garter snake, since I usually go by the color patterns)!  Melanism occurs in snakes when there is an overproduction of dark pigment (melanin) in their bodies. It’s often referred to as “the opposite” of albino.

I don’t have sources for this claim, but I’ve heard it’s much better for an animal to be melanistic than albino, because they can usually still blend and hide well! But that would all depend on the animal’s environment, so I don’t think the statement could hold across the board.