NOW OPEN: White Alligator exhibit

Sirphis the white alligator is now on exhibit in the Alligator Building!

You may recall that a few years ago we had a limited-time exhibit called Ghost of the Bayou featuring a white (or albino) alligator. Well, because of its popularity with our guests, we decided to bring a white alligator back to Reptiland!

Legend has it that people who gaze into the eyes of these rare, mysterious creatures will be blessed with good fortune. We can’t say for sure if that’s true, but we invite you to come see for yourself!

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What is a White Alligator?

There are two kinds of white alligators: leucistic and albino. Sirphis the white alligator is albino. That means she lacks the pigment melanin, making her appear white.

Because they do not blend in with their surroundings, young albino alligators are quickly spotted and eaten by predators. That is why white alligators are extremely rare in the wild! They are mostly found in zoos, alligator farms, and nature preserves, and biologists estimate that there are only about 100 white alligators in the world!

Sirphis the White Alligator

Get the lowdown on Reptiland’s newest resident!

Name: Sirphis*
Species: American alligator, Alligator mississippiensis
Sex: Female
Age
: 9 years
Length: 6′ 6″
Weight: about 125 lbs.
Diet: mostly crocodilian pellets (like dog food only bigger), but also whole prey such as mice, small rats, and chicks/quail

Sirphis was born on an alligator farm before taking up residence with our friends down at St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park. She then went on to the Dallas Zoo, and eventually made her way north to Reptiland!

*Want to know more about her unique name?  Visit sirphis.com.

The American Alligator

The American Alligator
Alligator mississippiensis

Class: Reptilia
Family: Crocodylidae
Size: 6 to 13 feet
Food: Fish, mammals, birds, and reptiles
Range: Southeastern United States
Habitat: Fresh and brackish marshes, lakes, and rivers

Habitat destruction and unrestricted hunting reduced wild alligator populations so severely that by 1969, the species was protected under the Endangered Species Act. Populations quickly rebounded, and today alligators are common throughout the southeastern United States.

This exhibit is sponsored by