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‘Pumpkin orange’ alligators spotted roaming around South Carolina

An orange alligator suns itself by a pond Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 in Hanahan, S.C. Leroy Burnell/The Post And Courier via AP

At least two orange-coloured alligators have been spotted roaming around a South Carolina neighbourhood, baffling residents.

The orange reptiles were spotted sunbathing in a Bluffton pond earlier this week, causing some concern for residents.

“We walk past this pond every day, at least once or twice,” Chad Goodwin explained to WJCL News. “There’s a larger one and a smaller one and they take turns in the pond.”

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The resident explained because of the gators’ odd colour, he wasn’t exactly sure what he was looking at.

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“We did not know for sure what it was right away because it was pumpkin orange, sort of, not a bright, bright orange but kind of a rust,” Goodwin said.

Alligators are common in the Carolinas, and orange-coloured reptiles have been spotted before.

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources explained the colour is likely the result of where the alligators decide to hibernate, perhaps in a rusty steel culvert pipes.

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“The likely thing could be is that they spent the winter hibernating in a rusty culvert or drainage pipe,” David Lucas explained to the news station. “Or somewhere up on a bank where there’s some rust.”

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In 2017, a pumpkin-coloured alligator, which residents named Donny, spent some time roaming a pond in Calabash, North Carolina, while another orange gator was spotted near Charleston.

Officials said the alligators should to return to a normal colour after spending more time in the water.

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