White Alligator

I went again to the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk yesterday to look at this very rare white alligator. I was very impressed by it’s beauty.

Of some 5 million or so American alligators thought to be alive, fewer than 100 are white, according to the St. Augustine Alligator Farm, which owns this “great white of the wetlands.”

The 8-foot American alligator is an albino animal. Albino animals (and people) lack the pigment, called melanin, that normally gives color to the skin, hair and eyes. Aside from being white with pink eyes, the alligator looks, swims and eats like a regular ’gator.

source: http://www.maritimeaquarium.org/exhibits-a-animals/special-exhibits