Wild Florida Airboats and Gator Park recently announced that a nest was found inside its albino alligator exhibit, producing the first successful batch of albino alligator eggs in the world.
Many others have tried to breed albino alligators, but in June via Facebook Live, Wild Florida’s “croc squad” collected 19 albino alligator eggs from within the exhibit and moved them to a more secure location to help ensure the eggs’ survival before hatching.
“Alligator moms are some of the best moms out there in the animal kingdom but, unfortunately, Snowflake is blind due to her albinism. To ensure these eggs have the highest chance of survival, we’re relocating the eggs to a more secure location to help protect them from natural predators and monitor their progress,” said Dan Munns, co-owner and co-founder of Wild Florida.
The incubation period for alligator eggs is an average of about 60 days, depending on the temperature of the nest. The eggs placed in the incubator will be kept at a stable temperature in a controlled environment to help ensure the success rate of the eggs hatching later this summer. If the eggs are fertile, with both Blizzard and Snowflake being fully albino alligators, these eggs will produce the first albino alligators to be born and raised in Central Florida.
The 25-year-old female, Snowflake, and 14-year-old male, Blizzard, were acquired by Wild Florida in May 2017, and are located within Wild Florida’s Gator Park.
Admission to Wild Florida’s Gator Park is only $10 for adults, and Florida residents receive a 50 percent discount year-round. Admission to the Gator Park is free for any guest who purchases a Wild Florida airboat tour or animal encounter. Learn more about Wild Florida’s offerings at WildFL.com.
Wild Florida Airboats and Gator Park, which opened on Lake Cypress in Kenansville in 2010, focuses on educating individuals on Central Florida’s natural resources. The Wild Florida team is dedicated to protecting, conserving, and enhancing Florida’s diverse ecosystem to ensure that future generations can enjoy the wonders of wild, native Florida.