Mysterious orange alligator spotted in SC

Francis Osborne
February 11, 2017

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A odd orange alligator has been spotted near a pond in SC and residents are calling it "Trumpagator" - possibly in reference to US President Donald Trump's skin colour.

Gators typically shed their skin, so the orange color is expected to eventually peel.

"It's a attractive looking animal but it's definitely not a natural color for an alligator". Several Facebook commenters joked that the alligator must be a fan of the Tigers football team at Clemson University, South Carolina, which has an orange logo and uniforms.

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

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A picture posted to a group on Facebook shows an alligator lying on the banks of a retention pond at the Tanner Plantation neighborhood.

In 2011, an orange alligator reportedly appeared in Venice, Florida, and was labelled the first of its kind in the world.

Technically more of a clay or a reddish brown, it this has not stopped locals nicknaming the beast "Trumpogator" - a reference to US President Donald Trump, whose "orange" skin tone has been the subject of much discussion.

Twitter users shared reactions to the orange alligator.

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