This summer we have a special animal in our Changing Exhibits Gallery: an albino alligator. She's on loan from the St. Augustine Alligator Farm, a zoological park in Florida. Right now she's only about 4 feet long and weighs between 15-20 lbs. Alligators can get about 15 feet long and weigh up to 600 lbs--the males usually are the largest. This 4-year old gator is a true albino--one of approximately 50 known true albino gators in the world today:
I hope you enjoyed the photos! This albino alligator will be here through Labor Day, September 3, 2012. Also, if you'd like more information on our special "Gator Bites" Tour please check our website for more information. Finally, a very special thank-you to Travis Land, Herpetology Curator, who helped me obtain some of the above photos--thanks Travis! More "off the beaten path" in two weeks....