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Albino Alligator

Albino Alligator
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Copyright: Gary Larsen (gelarsen) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 24 W: 46 N: 33] (124)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-18
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG AF, B+W 82mm 010 UV-Haze
Exposure: f/4.8, 1/4 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Albinism and leucism [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-31 9:54
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this hand-held shot at the new California Academy of Science in San Francisco. The lack of melanin, or pigment, in the skin of albino alligators creates the milky skin and cloudy eyes, which appear pink due to its highly visible blood vessels.
In the wild, albino alligators make an obvious target for predators, and most are eaten before they reach adulthood. American alligators live in freshwater rivers, lakes, and swamps of the southeastern U.S., mostly in Florida and Louisiana.
According to legend, peering into a white alligator's eyes will bring good luck, and visitors have already flocked to the Academy of Science to lock gazes with the reptile.

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  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2008-11-01 5:31]

very interesting photo and note

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