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Swamp Unicorn Colourations by horse14t Swamp Unicorn Colourations by horse14t
Swamp Unicorns can have a variety of shades in their coat depending on what kind of algae is present in their fur and how healthy it is. Swamp Unicorns spend a lot of time taking care of their fur and keeping it healthy.

1 and 2:
1 and 2 are the most common full body colourations among the species. 2 being bright and healthy, usually seen in summer months.

3:
3 is also a common colouration, though mostly among younger individuals. The algae in 3 has yet to colonize the fur leaving white patches of fur. Over time algae will travel to the uncolonized hairs and turn them green like 1 and 2.

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1tiptip1 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting species.  Are they part of your RP world?

Love the coloration being affected by algae.  Do they ever have a problem with bad algae growing instead of good kinds?  I talked to an exotic animal rescue/education person about a baby sloth and while sloths usually grow camouflage algae they said when in a another country they have to be kept clean because the wrong kind could grow.
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horse14t Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :) And yes they're going to be part of my universe.

Oh, good question...
I would say yes, but only if they get taken out of the environment they were born into or a foreign species gets introduced. Their immune system adapts to the types of algae that are found in the natural environment that they were born in and gain immunity from their mother's milk. However if they were taken from the natural environment that they were born in and transported to a different wetland with different plant life and algae it could potentially make them sick. Much like how the Europeans brought over new viruses and plagues to the Americas that the native people were never exposed to which caused the native population to crash significantly.
If someone were to want to take one of these unicorns and move them to a new environment they would have to vaccinate them and expose them to the new plant life slowly to let them adapt over time. The younger the individual the better since they'll still be developing their immunity and colonies.

However if a foal is born with a weakened immune system and end up growing toxic algae (Like the type that grows during Red Tide for example) they will usually get sick and die long before becoming an adult so their genes are never passed on. Individuals that end up growing toxic algae but survive by chance due to Natural Immunity will sometimes pass on those genes and even have predators avoid them since the algae could make the predator sick or even kill the predator if they got a mouthful. However these individuals are very rare and most commonly found in a small population on an island.

The algae only grows in the hollows of the fur. Anything on the outside gets washed off when grooming or bathing so self poisoning doesn't happen to often but can happen.
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