Animal control officials say a white alligator seen resting at a subdivision along Florida's Atlantic coast is not a rare albino alligator.

Rather, the 300-pound, 10-foot-long adult alligator, gets its color from a coating of white minerals from untreated water pouring out of an artesian well that empties into the lake it swims in.

Officials say the coating is on the animal's thick skin and isn't a threat to its health.

An official says the alligator lacks a distinguishing trait of a true albino alligator: pink eyes.

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