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Orange gator draws attention in SC

11 February 2017, 12:39 | Sheila Harris

A Florida alligator has been nicknamed the'Trumpgator for its bizarre orange hue

A Florida alligator has been nicknamed the'Trumpgator for its bizarre orange hue

To Butfiloski's knowledge there is no new orange-colored species of the reptile which frequents the SC waters.

Earlier this week, members of a residential community in Hanahan, South Carolina, spotted an unusual sight near one of the retention ponds - an alligator with skin tinted an orange hue. The 4.5 ft (1.3m) long creature has also been seen nonchalantly ambling around the Tanner Plantation neighbourhood. He has reportedly been in the area the last ten years but just recently returned to show off his new orange coloring.

Herpetologist Josh Zalabak told WCBD-TV that the gator's color likely was caused by something in the environment.

Jay Butfiloski with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources guesses that the one-of-a-kind alligator might have spent the winter in a rusty steel pipe.

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"(It) might be iron oxide (rust) that has discoloured it.

Locals and people on social media both quickly made a connection between the clay-colored reptile and Donald Trump, using the phrase 'Trumpagator' (or is it Trumpigator?) both as a compliment and perhaps an insult.

Experts say the alligator will shed its skin and probably return to a normal shade soon.

"Representin' that Clemson National Championship", one person wrote in the post.

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