Snowflake The Albino Alligator Bids Chicago Farewell

Bernie Tafoya
September 19, 2019 - 8:19 pm
Snowflake, a 7-foot-long albino American alligator, will reside at Brookfield Zoo’s Swamp habitat through September. Albino alligators are extremely rare--only about 100 exist in the world.

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A special alligator will soon be saying goodbye to the Chicago area.

Snowflake is a rare albino alligator that has been at Brookfield Zoo since mid-April. The gator has been on loan from the St. Augustine Alligator Farm in Florida, according to Andy Snider, curator of herps and aquatics at the zoo.

The St. Augustine facility is the same place where Chance the Snapper -- the alligator caught this summer in the Humboldt Park Lagoon -- was sent.

Snowflake is about 7 feet long and weighs 85 pounds.

“He’s a great animal.He hatched around 2003, so he’s around 16 years old. He weighs around 85 pounds right now and he seems to be a zoo favorite,” Snider said.

Snowflake does not go outside because he’s extremely sensitive to sunlight and can easily sunburn. The gator could someday grow to be 12 to 13 feet long.

Snowflake is expected to leave in mid-October.