Albino Alligator Couple’s 19 Eggs Considered “Rarest Batch of Eggs in History”
Snowflake and Blizzard's eggs are being carefully watched by Wild Florida's "Croc Squad."
Congratulations are in order for Florida's most famous albino alligator couple!
Wild Florida Airboats & Gator Park in Kenansville announced that the pair—a 25-year-old female named Snowflake and a 14-year-old named Blizzard—produced 19 eggs, which experts are calling the rarest batch of eggs in history.
Newsweek reports that the park's "Croc Squad" found the eggs after noticing Snowflake began to build a nest and was acting protective over the area. Some of the eggs—which are being kept in an incubator to keep them safe from predators like racoons, fire ants, and snakes—showed promising signs of fertilization.
"Alligator moms are some of the best moms out there in the animal kingdom, but unfortunately, Snowflake is blind due to her albinism," Wild Florida co-owner and co-founder Dan Munns told WFTV9. "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."
The eggs will be incubated for roughly 60 days. Wild Florida will hopefully have babies in September.
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Snowflake and Blizzard became the first pair of breeding albino alligators in Central Florida after being acquired from St. Augustine Alligator Farm in May 2017.
Congrats to the happy family!