Orange alligator dubbed 'Trump-a-gator' by SC neighbors

Orange alligator dubbed 'Trump-a-gator' by SC neighbors”

The appearance of an alligator in a Hanahan neighborhood is becoming a hot talker on social media because of its orange color.

Some Facebook users in the area made jokes about the critter, saying the gator's color change came from too much "self-tanning lotion", considering the area it was found in is called Tanner Plantation, CNET noted.

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.

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That's because there have been recent sightings of a tangerine-colored alligator in SC.

You wouldn't expect alligators to be orange but, believe it or not, such a reptile exists.

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

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Jay Butfiloski, alligator program coordinator for the Department of Natural Resources, says the color probably comes from living in a rusty pipe during the winter months.

Orange we all in need of some more colorful critters in our world?

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

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"[It] might be iron oxide (rust) that has discolored it", he said. If the discoloration is only skin-deep, it should disappear in a few weeks, when the alligator sheds its skin, WCBD News 2 reported.

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