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Albino Coypu - smiling closeup, Zie-Zoo, Netherlands Zoo shot of an Albino Coypu. I&#039;m seeing lots of reference images online of white Coypus, I haven&#039;t been able to figure out why this is so common. Anyway, here we see one of the defining characteristics of the species: the deeply orange front teeth (Incisors). <br />
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<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61530/coypu_zie-zoo_netherlands.html" title="Coypu, Zie-Zoo, Netherlands"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/61530_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1545868810&Signature=KDwUyidNzYa23K4jhleTRR5c9FA%3D" width="200" height="140" alt="Coypu, Zie-Zoo, Netherlands Or &quot;Beaver Rat&quot; as we call them. A popular zoo animal the world over. Below this coarse brown fur is another layer of soft gray fur. Another typical characteristic I&#039;ll show in another photo are their deeply orange front teeth.<br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61532/albino_coypu_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61533/albino_coypu_-_smiling_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61534/albino_coypu_-_smiling_closeup_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61535/albino_coypu_-_resting_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
 Coypu,Europe,Myocastor coypus,Netherlands,Volkel,World,Zie-Zoo,Zoo" /></a></figure><br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61532/albino_coypu_zie-zoo_netherlands.html" title="Albino Coypu, Zie-Zoo, Netherlands"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/61532_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1545868810&Signature=X1vV9cwIekNxqGGVl6PQQcdBQ4A%3D" width="200" height="164" alt="Albino Coypu, Zie-Zoo, Netherlands Zoo shot of an Albino Coypu. I&#039;m seeing lots of reference images online of white Coypus, I haven&#039;t been able to figure out why this is so common. <br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61530/coypu_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61533/albino_coypu_-_smiling_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61534/albino_coypu_-_smiling_closeup_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61535/albino_coypu_-_resting_zie-zoo_netherlands.html Coypu,Europe,Myocastor coypus,Netherlands,Volkel,World,Zie-Zoo,Zoo" /></a></figure><br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61533/albino_coypu_-_smiling_zie-zoo_netherlands.html" title="Albino Coypu - smiling, Zie-Zoo, Netherlands"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/61533_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1545868810&Signature=sxcJE7jM1yxD4y2%2FxCFbg81qd%2Fs%3D" width="150" height="152" alt="Albino Coypu - smiling, Zie-Zoo, Netherlands Zoo shot of an Albino Coypu. I&#039;m seeing lots of reference images online of white Coypus, I haven&#039;t been able to figure out why this is so common. Anyway, here we see one of the defining characteristics of the species: the deeply orange front teeth (Incisors).<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61530/coypu_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61532/albino_coypu_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61534/albino_coypu_-_smiling_closeup_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61535/albino_coypu_-_resting_zie-zoo_netherlands.html Coypu,Europe,Myocastor coypus,Netherlands,Volkel,World,Zie-Zoo,Zoo" /></a></figure><br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61535/albino_coypu_-_resting_zie-zoo_netherlands.html" title="Albino Coypu - resting, Zie-Zoo, Netherlands"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/61535_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1545868810&Signature=iwL0iIAbKJA7aWZDhV9x3lYmgjQ%3D" width="200" height="134" alt="Albino Coypu - resting, Zie-Zoo, Netherlands Zoo shot of an Albino Coypu. I&#039;m seeing lots of reference images online of white Coypus, I haven&#039;t been able to figure out why this is so common. Anyway, here we see one of the defining characteristics of the species: the deeply orange front teeth (Incisors). <br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61530/coypu_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61532/albino_coypu_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61533/albino_coypu_-_smiling_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61534/albino_coypu_-_smiling_closeup_zie-zoo_netherlands.html Coypu,Europe,Myocastor coypus,Netherlands,Volkel,World,Zie-Zoo,Zoo" /></a></figure> Coypu,Europe,Myocastor coypus,Netherlands,Volkel,World,Zie-Zoo,Zoo Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Albino Coypu - smiling closeup, Zie-Zoo, Netherlands

Zoo shot of an Albino Coypu. I'm seeing lots of reference images online of white Coypus, I haven't been able to figure out why this is so common. Anyway, here we see one of the defining characteristics of the species: the deeply orange front teeth (Incisors).

Coypu, Zie-Zoo, Netherlands Or "Beaver Rat" as we call them. A popular zoo animal the world over. Below this coarse brown fur is another layer of soft gray fur. Another typical characteristic I'll show in another photo are their deeply orange front teeth.<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61532/albino_coypu_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61533/albino_coypu_-_smiling_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61534/albino_coypu_-_smiling_closeup_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61535/albino_coypu_-_resting_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
 Coypu,Europe,Myocastor coypus,Netherlands,Volkel,World,Zie-Zoo,Zoo

Albino Coypu, Zie-Zoo, Netherlands Zoo shot of an Albino Coypu. I'm seeing lots of reference images online of white Coypus, I haven't been able to figure out why this is so common. <br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61530/coypu_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61533/albino_coypu_-_smiling_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61534/albino_coypu_-_smiling_closeup_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61535/albino_coypu_-_resting_zie-zoo_netherlands.html Coypu,Europe,Myocastor coypus,Netherlands,Volkel,World,Zie-Zoo,Zoo

Albino Coypu - smiling, Zie-Zoo, Netherlands Zoo shot of an Albino Coypu. I'm seeing lots of reference images online of white Coypus, I haven't been able to figure out why this is so common. Anyway, here we see one of the defining characteristics of the species: the deeply orange front teeth (Incisors).<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61530/coypu_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61532/albino_coypu_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61534/albino_coypu_-_smiling_closeup_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61535/albino_coypu_-_resting_zie-zoo_netherlands.html Coypu,Europe,Myocastor coypus,Netherlands,Volkel,World,Zie-Zoo,Zoo

Albino Coypu - resting, Zie-Zoo, Netherlands Zoo shot of an Albino Coypu. I'm seeing lots of reference images online of white Coypus, I haven't been able to figure out why this is so common. Anyway, here we see one of the defining characteristics of the species: the deeply orange front teeth (Incisors). <br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61530/coypu_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61532/albino_coypu_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61533/albino_coypu_-_smiling_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61534/albino_coypu_-_smiling_closeup_zie-zoo_netherlands.html Coypu,Europe,Myocastor coypus,Netherlands,Volkel,World,Zie-Zoo,Zoo

    comments (13)

  1. Incredibly adorable <3. Fun fact - their teeth turn orange because the enamel contains iron. The iron makes the teeth stronger, but also turns them orange :) Posted 5 months ago
    1. I'm glad you added that as in the back of the mind I felt obliged to look up the reason, thanks :) Posted 5 months ago
      1. You’re welcome...I felt the same way and had to know the cause of those crazy colored teeth! Posted 5 months ago
  2. Cute! Interesting about the teeth! Posted 5 months ago
  3. From today's JungleDragon Facebook post:

    "With their chubby, heavily whiskered faces and bright orange teeth, Coypus (Myocastor coypus) are incredibly cute, giant rodents! But, they are also incredible pests and are among the world's worst invasive species as they can cause severe damage to the environment in countries where they are an introduced species. These semi-aquatic, 20 pound rodents are native to South America, where populations are kept in check by their natural predators. But, they have been transplanted to almost every continent on earth and domesticated as fur animals. Countless liberations and escapees from fur farms have created enormous feral populations. Coypus are reproduce prolifically. They reach sexual maturity at only a few months old, reproduce up to three times a year, and have up to a dozen babies per litter! And, since they dig extensive tunnels and consume up to 25% of their body weight in plant matter per day, they quickly destroy crops and eliminate important flora, compromise water channels and levees, cause floods and erosion, and destroy marshes. They are well-adapted to many habitats and create environmental catastrophes along the way to the extent that many countries have declared war on the coypu. {Spotted by JungleDragon founder, Ferdy Christant} #JungleDragon"
    Posted one month ago
    1. What an excellent post, Christine, you're such a great writer and educator. I didn't know about most of these facts, in particular that they are such eager reproducers. Posted one month ago
      1. Thanks, Ferdy! I'm glad you liked the post :). Despite how invasive they are, I still think they are completely adorable. Posted one month ago
        1. Invasive species are never at fault, it's always us. Posted one month ago
  4. On the hiking website I use someone just recently (maybe a week or two ago) posted a photo of an albino coypu too! She spotted it at a local wetland/bird sanctuary. They are invasive here, and indeed they were brought here for fur farming, which ultimately went no where and the animals were simply set loose... As far as I know they aren't a major problem.. yet... but I see them with a fair amount of regularity these days. Posted one month ago, modified one month ago
    1. Interesting! Any idea why so many of them are albino? Posted one month ago
      1. Is this one really an albino though? It isn’t lacking pigment. It looks yellowish. Did you notice if it’s eyes were pink? Posted one month ago
        1. Good question, I'm not sure about the answer, sorry. In dutch it's common to name anything unexpectedly white "albino", where it may often not be the correct biological label. Sorry, I don't seem to have a single shot with the eyes open. Posted one month ago
          1. I did a little research and albinos lack melanin- they are white with pink eyes. So, an albino coypu would be white with a pink nose, eyes, etc. Like this one:
            Albino Coypu - resting, Zie-Zoo, Netherlands Zoo shot of an Albino Coypu. I'm seeing lots of reference images online of white Coypus, I haven't been able to figure out why this is so common. Anyway, here we see one of the defining characteristics of the species: the deeply orange front teeth (Incisors). <br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61530/coypu_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61532/albino_coypu_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61533/albino_coypu_-_smiling_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61534/albino_coypu_-_smiling_closeup_zie-zoo_netherlands.html Coypu,Europe,Myocastor coypus,Netherlands,Volkel,World,Zie-Zoo,Zoo


            I also read that coypus can normally be brown or yellowish, although brown is more common. Albino being rare. But, as you said, in different languages, the meaning and intention may differ from the scientific definition.
            Posted one month ago

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The coypu , also known as the river rat or nutria, is a large, herbivorous, semiaquatic rodent and the only member of the family Myocastoridae. Originally native to subtropical and temperate South America, it has since been introduced to North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, primarily by fur ranchers. Although it is still valued for its fur in some regions, its destructive feeding and burrowing behaviors make this invasive species a pest throughout most of its range.

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