Two albino alligators at a Florida animal park, named Snowflake and Blizzard became the first pair of breeding albino alligators.
Alligator parents Snowflake, a 25-year-old female, and Blizzard, a 14-year-old male, produced 19 eggs, which experts are calling the rarest batch of eggs in history.
The park’s “Croc Squad” found the eggs after noticing Snowflake began to build a nest and was acting protective over the area, Newsweek reports.
The eggs have been moved to a more secure location to help ensure the egg’s survival before hatching.
“Even though [Snowflake is] a really good mom, natural predators like fire ants [and] raccoons will destroy alligator eggs all the time. Because they are really, really rare, we want to pull them and just ensure they get every chance they can to hatch out and be successful,” Andrew Biddle, a team member of “Croc Squad”, said in a video on the park’s Facebook page.
The incubation period of alligator eggs is about 60 days, depending on the temperature of the nest, according to park officials. Wild Florida will hopefully have baby alligators in September.
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