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Residents of a small SC town have been left shocked by a strangely-coloured visitor bathing in a local beauty spot.

The unique reptile was discovered on the banks of a retention pond in Tanner Plantation in Hanahan. Oddly enough, no one is sure why, but they've had plenty to say about it.

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Gators typically shed their skin, so the orange color is expected to eventually peel.

Herpetologist Josh Zalabak offered one possible explanation for the unusual coloring of the reptile.

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An environmental factor like algae or a pollutant in the water could also color a gator's skin, but it's hard to know for sure, Josh Zalabak, a herpetologist with the South Carolina Aquarium, told WCBD News 2.

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Jay Butfiloski with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources guesses that the one-of-a-kind alligator might have spent the winter in a rusty steel pipe.