Orange Gator Baffles in SC
Nobody can quite explain the weird color
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 10, 2017 11:00 AM CST
Nicknames include "Cheese Puff" and "Trumpgator."   (Stephen Tatum)

(Newser) – No one seems to know why there's an orange alligator in a pond near Charleston, South Carolina. Residents living near the pond in Hanahan say they've seen the orange or rust-colored alligator a number of times, and it's now become a viral sensation. Photos show the 4- to 5-foot-long alligator on the banks of a retention pond at the Tanner Plantation neighborhood, reports the AP. Residents joke the gator used too much self-tanning lotion. Or maybe it's a fan of the Clemson Tigers, who are known for their orange colors.

A state wildlife official theorizes the color may come from where the animal spent the winter, perhaps in a rusty steel culvert pipe. Whatever the reason, the creature is expected to return to a normal shade once it sheds its skin—though some residents swear it's been around for a decade, notes the local Berkeley Observer. Nicknames include "Cheese Puff" and, yes, "Trumpgator."

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