BLUFFTON, SC (WSAV/AP/WBTW) – A view in the Cypress Ridge Community in Bluffton, SC sent us these photos of an orange alligator that lives in a nearby pond.

One explanation might be rust, iron oxide, from a steel culvert where the alligator spent the winter.

Jay Butfiloski with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources says the color may come from where the animal spent the winter, perhaps in a rusty steel culvert pipe.