Orange alligator spotted in Bluffton pond

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A viewer in the Cypress Ridge Community in Bluffton, South Carolina submitted photos of an orange alligator that is said to live in a nearby pond.

News 3 spoke with the local Department of Natural Resources office. They say they know the orange alligator is at the pond but have yet to go and see it for themselves.

In February of 2017, the Associated Press reported a similar rust-colored gator was seen in a pond near Charleston.

Residents joked that the gator may have used too much self-tanner or was just a dedicated Clemson Tigers fan.

But officials said the color likely came from where the animal spent the winter — perhaps in a rusty pipe.

The alligator was expected to shed its skin and return to a normal shade.

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