(Four-person max, discount can be redeemed by booking over the phone or being refunded with proof of membership upon check-in. Combos and Half-Day Adventures are excluded.)
(Four person max)
(Discount can be redeemed by booking over the phone or being refunded with proof of membership upon check-in.)
“Hello there! We’re Snowflake and Blizzard, and we’re both albino alligators that live at Wild Florida. We’re originally from St. Augustine, but Wild Florida is our home now. Because we’re fully albino, we spend a lot of our time in the shade or swimming to keep cool, but we’d love to meet you during your visit!”
In May 2017, Wild Florida acquired Blizzard and Snowflake who became the first pair of breeding albino alligators in Central Florida and one of the few places in the world where visitors can see these rare animals. Originally from the St. Augustine Alligator Farm, these two give visitors from around the world a unique opportunity to not only learn more about alligators but also the special care that goes into housing an albino species.
Due to the lack of melanin this species produces, their skin is completely white and sensitive to the sunlight, so our team built a state-of-the-art, climate-controlled exhibit with plenty of shade and a heating lamp to keep them comfortable in their new home.
Age: Blizzard is 12 years old and Snowflake is 23 years old
Unique characteristic: One of the easiest ways to tell Blizzard and Snowflake apart is just by looking at their size. Blizzard, the male alligator, is about 10 feet long and Snowflake is about 8 feet long. You can also tell them apart by looking at their eyes. Blizzard’s eyes are both an opaque white, similar to the color of milk. However, Snowflake’s right eye is opaque white and her left eye has two red birthmarks.
Favorite enrichment toys: Diving for treats on the bottom of their pool
Favorite snack: Chicken
Habitat: Located exclusively in freshwater rivers, lakes, swamps and marshes in the southeastern United States*
*There are currently only 12 recorded albino alligators living in human care. However, that isn’t to say that there aren’t albino alligators born in the wild.
Length: From nose to tip of tail, males average around 10 to 15 feet and females average around 8 to 10 feet in length
Weight: Males weigh around 500 pounds, females average around 200 pounds
Lifespan: 35 to 50 years in the wild, 65 to 75 years in human care*
*As of right now, the oldest albino alligator on record is Claude, a 22-year-old alligator at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. The average lifespan represented above is reflective of the average lifespan for a non-albino American alligator.
Gestation: 65 days
Diet: Feed mainly on fish, turtles, snakes and small mammals