This Orange Alligator Dubbed 'Trump-igator' In South Carolina Isn't The First

Posted February 11, 2017

But if you saw an orange alligator roaming around your neighborhood, I bet you'd be afraid too.

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

The 4- to 5-foot (1.2-1.5 meter) gator has been spotted in and out of a pond in Hanahan, near Charleston.

"It'll either wash off or leach off in the water", Vilet said, according to the Post and Courier.

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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's the Trumpagator of Self-Tanner Plantation", wrote one Facebook user quoted by the Post and Courier.

"It's a handsome looking animal but its definitely not a natural color for an alligator. Probably chalk it up to some kind of environmental factor like algae, maybe even some pollutant in the water, but it's hard to say", Zalabak told the station. Which also led to more than one resident naming the critter after President Donald Trump, who also seems to enjoy self-tanning products.

The mysterious gator is now hanging around the neighborhood of Tanner Plantations, earning it the nickname "Trumpgator of Self-Tanner Plantation". "It may be using a rusty steel culvert pipe".