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VIDEO: Bizarre orange alligator spotted in US state, named ‘Trump-a-gator’

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CAROLINA: An alligator was sighted in a South Carolina neighborhood having an unusual orange colour, thus baffling the residents.

The gator has been nicknamed by local residents as “Rusty” and the “Trump-a-gator” due to its unusual orange shade.

The alligator, estimated at 4-5 feet long, has become famous on social media after local residents photographed it swimming in the retention ponds at Tanner Plantation in Hanahan.

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Herpetologist Josh Zalabak offered one possible explanation for the unusual coloring of the reptile.

“Algae — maybe some pollutant in the water, but it’s hard to say unless the water is tested,” Zalabak told WCBD-TV.

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.

“[It] might be iron oxide [rust] that has discolored it,” he told WCSC-TV. “It may be using a rusty steel culvert pipe.”


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Video courtesy: AP

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