Orange gator draws attention in SC
Residents of a small SC town have been left shocked by a strangely-coloured visitor bathing in a local beauty spot. An orange-colored alligator dwells in the retention ponds at Tanner Plantation in Hanahan.
The little gator, reportedly about 4.5 feet long, lives in a pond in Hanahan, South Carolina.
Residents joke the gator used too much self-tanning lotion.
"I've never seen anything like it", said one neighbor.
Jay Butfiloski, the state Department of Natural Resources' Alligator Program coordinator, said the color is likely tied to wherever the alligator has been spending its winter months.
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"Probably chalk it up to some environmental factor like algae or maybe even some pollutant in the water, but it's hard to say".
You wouldn't expect alligators to be orange but, believe it or not, such a reptile exists.
Much like a bad fake tan, the alligator is expected to soon shed its skin and its orange tone.
"[It] might be iron oxide [rust] that has discolored it", he told WCSC-TV.
In 2011, news of an orange alligator photographed in Venice, Florida, prompted speculation about whether the beast's appearance represented a dramatic dye job or "evolution in action", biologist David Steen wrote in a blog post that year.
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