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Naturalist Notebook 

September 12, 2012

Celebrate Claude’s 17th Hatchday!

Our favorite alligator, Claude, turns 17 this Saturday, Sept. 15. Help us celebrate his hatchday!

Photo: Ron DeCloux © California Academy of Sciences

Learn about alligators and how to tell them apart from crocodiles during our “Specimen Spotlight” program tomorrow, Sept. 13, at 11:30 am in the Naturalist Center. Stay afterward to play games and browse books featuring crocodilians, reptiles whose ancient ancestors date back to the time of the dinosaurs.

Stop by the Naturalist Center anytime between 11 am-4 pm on Friday, Sept. 14, to make a very fashionable Claude hat for this week’s “Naturalist Center Craft.” Be sure to wear it proudly around the museum after you’re done!

Photo: N. Sincero © California Academy of Sciences

Filed under: News,Programs — nature @ 8:57 am


  1. Could you publish instructions for making the hat, please?

    Comment by Tam Gray — November 29, 2012 @ 12:26 pm

  2. [...] animal keeper at the California Academy of Science’s aquarium, where he’s the lead caretaker of Claude the albino alligator. And he went to high school at a [...]

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  3. My grandson, William, says that Claude has only 3 legs. William says he heard that a snapping turtle bit off one of Claude’s legs!

    William would like to know if this story is true.

    Thank you,

    Diane Barker

    Comment by Diane Barker — January 1, 2013 @ 1:22 pm

  4. Hi Diane!

    Claude has all four legs, but one toe is missing on his right front leg. Claude used to share his exhibit space with a female alligator named Bonnie. They had a fight once, and Claude’s toe was injured. Bonnie was eventually sent back to the alligator preserve in St. Augustine, Florida that she and Claude had come from.

    Thanks for the question!

    Comment by nature — January 2, 2013 @ 1:58 pm

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