The Albino Alligator at The California Academy Of Sciences

The most famous resident at the newly designed California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco is Claude the albino alligator. Albino alligators lack the melanin which gives them the camouflage coloring needed to survive in the wild. Captive albino alligators must be kept in dark shaded areas away from the sun to prevent serious sunburn. They are also given vitamin D3 as a part of their diet to make up for their lack of UV radiation. They are also inherently visually impaired so they do not move around very often which could be dangerous for them.

I was happy to see that Claude had returned to his home. In January he had an infection in his foot due to his housemate Bonnie who had inadvertently stepped on his foot and as a result, Claude needed to be treated.

While I was there yesterday, I did not see Bonnie. Claude was lounging around by his heated rock. He didn't move very much. Every once in a while you'd see his leg or tail move. I think he just enjoyed the attention and wanted to relax a bit.

While I am not a big fan of alligators I have to say I grew very fond of Claude. He was the one main attraction I wanted to see during my visit and I was not disappointed.

I took many photos and video while at the Academy of Sciences yesterday so I will be posting more over the next few days with a complete review at the end of this series so check back daily.

BTW, clicking on the photos will give you a larger and detailed look. Enjoy!


Anonymous said…
Wow...albino alligator! It must be amazing to watch., and great photos.
betchai said…
wow, the larger picture looks so real, i can see the details and it is just so amazing. it feels like he is in front of me.
Icy, I think he may have been sleeping most of the time. He did not move very much.

betchai, I know. I wasn't that close when taking the pics then when I uploaded them at home it was amazing to see him up close and personal.
Ratty said…
This is cool! I've never seen an albino alligator before. It looks so unnatural at first.
roentarre said…
Sooooo delicate looking

Hope it does not have skin cancer with albino skin pigment
zorlone said…
Too bad this alligator wouldn't know the difference of life in the wild. Unless, it would find a way to take his daily meds. LOL

Ratty, I know, I thought the same thing when I initially saw him, until he moved :)

roentarre, he is :)

zorlone, LOL! Hilarious
RNSANE said…
I kind of feel sorry for the guy. Wonder if he feels out of place. He needs an albino girlfriend!

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