(Mirror Daily, United States) – Did you have your share of oddities lately? If not, then you will be absolutely thrilled to hear all about the orange alligator seen near a Charleston pound.
The reptile is about 5-foot-long, and it has the color of a sweet potato, as one of the locals described him. No one knows for sure where the alligator came from or why it has the eye-pleasing orange hue.
Charleston residents were greeted by a rare site when they visited the pond near the Tanner Plantation. Some of the people gather around the pound reported seeing an orange alligator coming out of the water. The reptile measured approximately 4 to 5 feet in length, and, according to some of the people who photographed him, the reptile had the color or rust or that of freshly harvested sweet potatoes.
Because it’s not every day you see an orange alligator jumping out of a pond, locals have started to wonder whether the reptile was born that way or if it was the victim of a freak accident. The experts from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources declared that it’s hardly unlikely for an American alligator to have this color and that the most plausible explanation would be that it came into contact with some sort of pollutant.
Jay Butfiloski of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources declared that alligator’s unusual color might actually indicate where the reptile spent the winter. And given it’s unusual rust-like color, the reptile might have sought refuge in a steel pipe riddled with rust.
The perspective of the orange alligator being born that way is highly unlikely, experts believe. Over the years, experts have seen albino alligators, but it would seem that they have a short lifespan, and most of them cannot survive in the wild.
According to South Carolina’s Department of Natural Resources, the orange alligator spotted in Charleston is probably an adolescent, if we were to take its size into account. From the material received from the public, Butfiloski declared that the reptile seems in perfect health.
He added that his skin color might be a temporary condition and that it might go off after the reptile starts shedding its skin. Meanwhile, the public has already given the reptile an adequate name – the people who took the pictures and posted them on social media called it the Trumpgator.
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