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Orange Alligator, aka 'Trumpagator,' Spotted in SC

Orange Alligator, aka 'Trumpagator,' Spotted in SC

The 4- to 5-foot (1.2-1.5 meter) gator has been spotted in and out of a pond in Hanahan, near Charleston.

Because the neighborhood where the orange gator hangs out is called Tanner Plantation, people posting on the area's Facebook page have had fun with the joke that the color comes from too much self-tanning lotion.

SC has plenty of alligators, but one has the town talking. Oddly enough, no one is sure why, but they've had plenty to say about it.

"Algae - maybe some pollutant in the water, but it's hard to say unless the water is tested", Zalabak told WCBD-TV.

According to herpetologist Josh Zalabak, the gator's skin tone is likely the result of an environmental mishap.

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Although the cause of the alligator's colour hasn't been determined, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources official Jay Butfiloski believes its rust-coloured hue may have come from where the animal spent the winter, possibly in a rusty steel culvert pipe.

"It would not be a new species, just a genetic anomaly if it were naturally orange", he said.

"Representin' that Clemson National Championship", someone else exclaimed.

Earlier this week, the gator was photographed basking on the bank near a pond, its bright orange skin standing out in sharp contrast to the patchy brown grass.


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