“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 has been our home for over a year 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!”
About Snowflake and Blizzard
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