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Too Much Self-Tanning Lotion? Orange Gator Puzzles Residents

Photos show the alligator on the banks of a retention pond at the Tanner Plantation neighborhood

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     An orange alligator is puzzling Charleston, South Carolina, residents after it was seen a number of times near a Hanahan pond.

    (Published Friday, Feb. 10, 2017)

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

    Residents joke the gator used too much self-tanning lotion. Or maybe it's a fan of the Clemson Tigers, who are known for their orange colors.

    Residents living near the pond in Hanahan say they've seen the orange or rust-colored alligator a number of times. 

    Photos show the 4- to 5-foot-long alligator on the banks of a retention pond at the Tanner Plantation neighborhood.

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    Jay Butfiloski with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources says the color may come from where the animal spent the winter, perhaps in a rusty steel culvert pipe.

    Experts say the alligator will shed its skin and probably return to a normal shade soon.