Albino alligators make snappy, happy home in Paris

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posted on Feb, 14 2014 @ 01:31 AM
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PARIS: Two incredibly rare albino alligators have arrived at their new French home - a Paris aquarium - after being bought from a reptile collector in Florida.

Thursday's snappy new reptiles, who are just over one year old, are part of an elite group of no more than 30 such alligators in the world.

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It's not clear yet how the two will hit it off as they grow up - as it's still too early to tell if they are male or female




posted on Feb, 14 2014 @ 01:51 AM
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Surely a DNA test would have told you what bloody sex they are and I would want to know that before I made the purchase.

Seems strange. Was obviously expensive, freight costs alone would be stiff.

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posted on Feb, 14 2014 @ 01:51 AM
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Wow, never seen albino alligators before. I hope they have a long and happy life in their new home.
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posted on Feb, 14 2014 @ 02:08 AM
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Surely a DNA test would have told you what bloody sex they are and I would want to know that before I made the purchase.

Seems strange. Was obviously expensive, freight costs alone would be stiff.

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DNA tests are pretty expensive but there are other ways to ensure or determine the sex of an alligator :

You can actually ensure the sex of an alligator by the method of incubation of the eggs :

High temperatures of 90 to 93 F (32 to 34 C) will give you males; low temperatures of 82 to 86 F (28 to 30 C) will give females.

Although it is not easy to sex a crocodilian visually (some people go by size, but in my experience this can sometimes prove to be wrong),

Otherwise, If you have enough experience, a manual inspection by inserting a finger or visually identifying the penis or clitoris.

In babies this size it is very difficult to determine the sex and also quite stressful for the animal to be going around inserting fingers in order to find their copulatory organs... thus being the reason why they prefer to wait. (plus the fact that the clitoris can be mistaken for the penis in juvenile animals).

Just putting this out there as I am a vet and have worked from time to time with crocodilians.

Kindest respects

Rodinus



posted on Feb, 14 2014 @ 02:10 AM
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Wow, never seen albino alligators before. I hope they have a long and happy life in their new home.


Only 30 in the world....wow
I've never seen one either
Hope they make it




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Surely a DNA test would have told you what bloody sex they are and I would want to know that before I made the purchase.


One would think with today's technology & them being 1 yr. that they could find out


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In babies this size it is very difficult to determine the sex and also quite stressful for the animal to be going around inserting fingers in order to find their copulatory organs... thus being the reason why they prefer to wait. (plus the fact that the clitoris can be mistaken for the penis in juvenile animals).

Just putting this out there as I am a vet and have worked from time to time with crocodilians.



Thanks doc....we weren't sure as to the 'why' about knowing the sex

Much respect~
snarky



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posted on Feb, 14 2014 @ 02:26 AM
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Just don't get the ends mixed up and stick your finger in the mouth


Kindest respects

Rodinus



posted on Feb, 14 2014 @ 02:28 AM
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Just don't get the ends mixed up and stick your finger in the mouth


I'll be sure to remember that!!





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