An extremely rare albino alligator will be taking up residence in Washington after being saved from the swamps of Louisiana.
The three-year-old reptile will be exhibited at the National Aquarium. It is the first of its kind to go on show here alongside hundreds of different marine species. The aquarium will show the creature in its Secrets of the Swamps feature from October 2011 until the end of February 2012. With fewer than 100 in the world, it is almost impossible to spot one until now. Albino alligators rarely survive in the wild as their glowing appearance and ghostly pale features make them vulnerable to predators when they are small during their infancy.
The pink-eyed amphibian was hatched in captivity at a privately-owned alligator farm in Florida after its egg was found in the wild in Cut Off, Louisiana, reports Tip News.
Alligators have up to 100 teeth and will grow new ones at any time after they have worn down. They can get through up to 3,000 teeth in their lifetime. The albino alligator is waiting to be named. A Facebook group has been set up asking its 34,000 members to help name the young reptile.