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leucistic american alligator

These are not albino animals, they are called leucistic, which means they have a little bit of pigmentation around the mouth and a little touch on the tail and they have piercing blue eyes.

 

Leucistic animals have rare genetic condition that reduces the color pigmentation in their skin and can cause their jaw to be crooked as pictured here.

 

Out of the five million American alligator population there are thought to be only 12 leucistic gators.

 

They are unable to survive in the wild because they are vulnerable to many predators because their lack of skin pigmentation deprives them of natural camouflage.

 

Legend has it that staring into their eyes will bring you good fortune.

 

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Taken on February 27, 2009