Salt- Albino American Alligator


Salt- Albino American Alligator

Sex: Female

Latin name: Alligator mississippiensis

 Albino American Alligators lack the pigment melanin. They are the offspring of two normal-looking alligators that carry the recessive gene for albinism. Albino American Alligators have ivory-white skin and pinkish eyes.

These alligators are extremely rare in the wild, and most of them are found in zoos, alligator farms, and nature preserves. Biologists estimate that there are only about 100 albino alligators in the world.

Native Home:  American Alligators are endemic to the southeastern United States.  They inhabit freshwater wetlands, such as marshes and cypress swamps from Texas to southeastern and coastalNorth Carolina.

Size:  Adult male American Alligators measure 3.4 to 4.6 m (11.2 to 15.1 ft) in length, and can weigh up to 453 kg (999 lb). Females are smaller, measuring 2.6 to 3 m (8.5 to 9.8 ft) in length.

Diet:  American Alligators are apex predators and consume fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Hatchlings feed mostly on invertebrates.

Reproduction: Male American Alligators use infrasound to attract females for breeding. The female lays 20 to 50 egg, and she female remains near the nest throughout the 65-day incubation period, protecting it from intruders. The babies are protected by their mother for up to one year. 

Lifespan:  The American Alligator can live between 30 to 50 years.