(The newborn alligator, currently without a name, has leucism, 
a condition impacting pigmentation. Gatorland/ Ken Guzzetti)

A rare white American alligator has recently hatched at a Florida theme park and wildlife preserve. This unique creature, displaying leucism—a condition leading to a lack of pigmentation—made its debut at Gatorland, a 110-acre park situated south of downtown Orlando. Notably, the newborn is the inaugural leucistic gator born in captivity, joining a select group of only eight known specimens worldwide.

The petite, light-hued alligator is a female, weighing 3.4 ounces and measuring 19.3 inches in length. She shares her birth with a brother sporting dark coloring. A veterinarian conducted a thorough examination, confirming the good health of both siblings. Currently, their diet consists of raw chicken and Croc Chow pellets, as reported by CNN's Forrest Brown.

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The recently born alligators trace their ancestry back to a collection of leucistic alligators discovered in a Louisiana swamp in 1987, as revealed by Mark McHugh, the president and CEO of the park, in a Facebook video announcement. Since 2008, three of these Louisiana gators have been residing at Gatorland, as reported by the Orlando Sentinel's Dewayne Bevil. Notably, a male named Jeyan from this group recently mated with a dark-colored female named Ashley, resulting in the birth of the two new offspring.

Mark McHugh conveyed to the Orlando Sentinel, "There has never been a white offspring from that group of 18 brothers that were born in 1987. This is the very first one. So, it is incredibly rare."

Leucism is frequently confused with albinism, and despite both traits causing a lighter appearance in animals, they represent distinct conditions, notes the National Park Service. Albinism, stemming from a genetic mutation, impacts the production of the pigment melanin in the body. Albino animals commonly exhibit red or pink eyes, as the absence of melanin allows the color of their blood vessels to be visible.

On the other hand, leucism entails a partial loss of pigmentation, often leading to splotchy or patchy coloration. Animals with leucism typically retain normal-colored eyes.

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