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The orange-colored gator was spotted a few days ago on the banks of a retention pond at the Tanner Plantation neighborhood in Hanahan.

This orange beast won't stay this way, though.

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

DNR Alligator Program Coordinator Jay Butfiloski told Live 5 News that the orange color may be a result of where the reptile has been living during the winter months.

The orange gator was later seen swimming in the pond. There are different theories about the cause of his color from pollution to albinism
The orange gator was later seen swimming in the pond. There are different theories about the cause of his color from pollution to albinism

That's because there have been recent sightings of a tangerine-colored alligator in SC. And gators shed their skin, so like a real orange, it'll eventually get peeled. So what might have turned this alligator the unexpected hue? In fact, some residents say that the color is already starting to fade after the gator spent some time sunning on the grass by the pond. But one thing is for certain- it doesn't have an alligator's typical color.

It's unclear why the gator has the unusual, Doritos-like color, although one expert speculated its non-natural color could be due to an "environmental factor", like a pollutant or algae.

While rusty reptiles are rare, this isn't the first time someone has spied an alligator resembling an escapee from a Cheetos factory.


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