Claude, the Academy's albino American alligator, in the swamp exhibit

Please note: This program will be modified while the Swamp is closed for habitat upgrades beginning September 17. We (and Claude) look forward to welcoming you back later this year. We apologize for any inconvenience!

Learn about the vitally important wetland ecosystems of the Southeast United States—and meet Claude, our albino American alligator. Listen to the sounds of swamp inhabitants as the life cycle of North America's largest reptile is traced from hatchling chirps to the booming bellows of mature adults, all beneath the moss-draped limbs of a bald cypress.