Orange gator draws attention in SC

Strange orange alligator turns heads in South Carolina

So residents of Hanahan, South Carolina, just outside of Charleston, were caught off-guard by this strikingly orange gator.

The 4.5-foot long gator first gained attention when a picture of it was featured in a post on the Tanner Plantation and Foster Creek Community Facebook page.

But if you saw an orange alligator roaming around your neighborhood, I bet you'd be afraid too.

According to the Department of Natural Resources' Alligator Program Coordinator Jay Butfiloski, the orange color may be a result of where the reptile has been living during the winter months.




It's unclear why the gator has the unusual, Doritos-like color, although one expert speculated its non-natural color could be due to an "environmental factor", like a pollutant or algae.

An orange alligator has appeared in SC, and the media knows exactly what to call it. Matt Hoffman reports.

"Algae - maybe some pollutant in the water, but it's hard to say unless the water is tested", Zalabak told WCBD-TV. Which also led to more than one resident naming the critter after President Donald Trump, who also seems to enjoy self-tanning products.

And gators shed their skin, so like a real orange, it'll eventually get peeled. It may be using a rusty steel culvert pipe - I would be there is one nearby.

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