Alligator turns heads with strange orange color

A small town has gained a lot of attention recently for its strange resident -- an orange alligator.

The creature, which is just 4.5 feet long, lives in a pond in Hanahan, South Carolina.

No one seems to know why the gator is a rusty, sweet-potato color. One expert speculated it could be caused by an "environmental factor," such as a pollutant or algae.

The Post and Courier reported that a Facebook post about the beast has gone viral. One person dubbed the animal a "Trumpgator."

A local resident who photographed the alligator told the paper, "I just thought, what the hell is that?"

Robert McCullough, a spokesman for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, told the Post and Courier they haven't received any official reports of strange-looking gators in the area.

White alligators have been spotted before, and albinism can sometimes present itself in colors other than white -- but albino alligators rarely survive in the wild.

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An alligator thrashes in a lagoon in a golf course as it is hooked by a trapper to relocate it to a more natural environment in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 19, 2016.

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Alligator trapper Mark Whitmire prepares an alligator he caught in a lagoon on a golf course to relocate it to a more natural environment in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 19, 2016.

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An alligator floats on the surface of the water in a lagoon in a golf course before a trapper caught it to relocate it to a more natural environment in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 19, 2016.

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An alligator swims at Myakka River State Park outside of Sarasota, Florida on December 30, 2016. The park is a small preserve of rare protected habitat along Florida's Gulf Coast, a region that has seen intense development and population growth over the last decade, and preserves both endangered Florida dry prairie and wetlands along the banks of the alligator filled Myakka River.

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An alligator has its mouth taped shut and is held down after it was caught by a trapper to relocate it to a more natural environment in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 19, 2016.

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A captive alligator is pictured as it rains in Oviedo, Florida, U.S., June 18, 2016.

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An alligator floats on the surface of the water in a lagoon in a golf course before a trapper caught it to relocate it to a more natural environment in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 19, 2016.

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Alligator trapper Mark Whitmire traps an alligator in a lagoon on golf course to relocate it to a more natural environment in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 19, 2016.

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Ryan Moore of the U.S. is reflected in a pond on the island green 17th hole as an alligator swims past during second round play of the Tournament Players Championship PGA golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida May 7, 2010.

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An alligator as seen during a preview round for The Honda Classic at PGA National Resort and Spa - Champion Course on February 23, 2016 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

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A large Aligator and some geese beside a lake on the course during the pro-am as a preview for the 2016 Honda Classic held on the PGA National Course at the PGA National Resort and Spa on February 24, 2016 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

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An alligator has its mouth taped closed after being caught in a lagoon in a golf course by a trapper to relocate it to a more natural environment in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 19, 2016.

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An alligator swims in the waters at Wakodahatchee Wetlands in Delray Beach, Florida on 21 April 2016. Spring is nesting season in South Florida and over 140 species of birds have been spotted in the wetlands.

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