Albino American alligator – Albi

I’m the colour of ivory and I’m just as rare and precious

About Albino American alligator – Albi

Scientific name :

Alligator mississipiensis

Common name :

albino American alligator

Native to :

the United States

Maximum size :

up to 5 metres

Weight :

up to 360 kg

Reproduction :

during courtship displays, males are able to make the insides of their bodies vibrate, making the water dance over their backs as they bellow to females. These vibrations can be heard up to a hundred metres under water.

Diet :

fish, turtles, various mammals, birds, other reptiles

Characteristics :

of all the 23 crocodilian species, the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) is certainly the best known. It lives mainly in the swamps of Florida and Louisiana, in the United States of America. In the 1970s, it was on the brink of extinction. Thanks to breeding programmes and careful management of wild populations, this species has fully recovered. Its white colour comes from a genetic anomaly, albinism, which makes it very vulnerable to predators and diseases in the wild, where it does not survive.

Location in the Tropical Reserve :

in the vivariums at the entrance

Conservation status

Range

Répartition géographique

Conservation status

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