Too much self-tanning lotion? Orange gator puzzles residents

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An alligator in a SC neighborhood has been nicknamed "Rusty" and the "Trump-a-gator" due to its unusual orange color.

According to local residents, the alligator, believed to be between four and five feet long, has made several appearances in the neighbourhood.

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

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"I've never seen anything like it", one commenter said.

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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".

The mysterious gator is now hanging around the neighborhood of Tanner Plantations, earning it the nickname "Trumpgator of Self-Tanner Plantation". He said similarly colored alligators have been reported in the area in the past.

No one seems to know why there's an orange alligator in a pond near Charleston.

Scientists say the alligator will shed its skin as they routinely do and likely return to a normal shade in a short while.

One explanation might be rust, iron oxide, from a steel culvert where the alligator was hiding out during the winter, an SCDNR representative tweeted.