White Alligator

No. 291929

by Safari Ltd
$6.99

A white alligator can either be albino or leucistic. The difference between the two is that albinism is the complete lack of the pigment melanin, whereas leucism is the result of lacking melanin in certain parts of the body. An albino alligator will have pink eyes, whereas one with leucism will have blue eyes.

  • Scientific Name: Alligator mississippiensis
  • Characteristics: White alligators are exceptionally rare, especially in the wild where they’re susceptible to predators while they’re young due to their lack of camouflage. Some cultures believe that seeing a white alligator brings luck, so make sure to spread the good fortune around by displaying this beautifully hand painted figurine where everyone can see it!
  • Size and Color: As its name suggest, the white alligator is predominantly ivory-white, although individuals with leucism will sometimes have normal colored patches. 6 inches long and 3.25 inches wide, this model is a bit shorter and wider than a 16 oz. water bottle resting on its side.
  • The White Alligator is part of the Wild Safari® Wildlife collection
  • : All of our products are Non-toxic and BPA free.

Product Description

History:

To give you an idea of just how rare white alligators are, it’s estimated that there are only 12 leucistic American alligators out of a population of over 5 million. Sadly, white alligators born in the wild are at an extreme disadvantage, and researchers believe they rarely live past infancy due to their lack of camouflage and the stressful effects sunlight can have on them.

  • Recommended Age: 3+
  • Size in cm: 15.3 L x 9 W x 5 H
Present Status In the wild, albino alligators would not live long because they could not blend in with their surroundings. The young albinos would quickly be eaten by predators. 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.
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