Reported on February 8th, 2017, this orange alligator was spotted in Hanahan, South Carolina. Much like the alligator of the same color that was photographed in 2011, there are a few causes that could have made this creature the color it appears.
Jay Butfiloski, the Department of Natural Resources’ Alligator Program Coordinator, believes that the alligator might be this color because of where it was residing during the colder months. He said “[It] might be iron oxide that has discolored it" after it had been living in a rusty pipe. Others believe it could be because of the high amount of clay deposits in the area. However Butfiloski does not deny that this could be a new color mutation entirely.
American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) With between 74 and 80 teeth and a biting pressure second to no other reptile or mammal, you just don’t want to get anywhere close to the mouth of this animal. by Gregory “Slobirdr” Smith
USA: Hunters Find Bullets from American Civil War in 185-Year Old Alligator’s Hide.
Vicksburg| A group of Mississippi hunters who shot and killed an
alligator weighting 910 pounds (413 kilograms) on Sunday, were amazed
when they discovered that the animal already bore injuries caused by
musket ammunition from the Civil War era. A total of 9 spherical
projectiles were found, and the various tests and analysis realized on
them have confirmed that they were indeed fired at the animal in the
A Senate hearing to “modernize the Endangered Species Act” unfolded
Wednesday just as supporters of the law had feared, with round after
round of criticism from Republican lawmakers who said the federal effort
to keep species from going extinct encroaches on states’ rights, is
unfair to landowners and stymies efforts by mining companies to extract
resources and create jobs.
The Endangered Species Act is a 43-year-old law enacted under the
Nixon administration at a time when people were beginning to understand
how dramatically chemical use and human development were devastating
species. It has since saved the bald eagle, California condor, gray
wolves, black-footed ferret, American alligator and Florida manatee from
But members of the hearing said its
regulations prevented people from doing business and making a living. In
a comment to a former U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service director who
testified at the hearing, Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), repeated a
point made by Barrasso that of more than 1,600 species listed as
threatened or endangered since the act’s inception, fewer than 50 have
An American bald eagle prepares to snag a perch
in the prime fishing grounds below Conowingo Dam in Darlington, Md., in
November 2012. (Linda Davidson/The Washington Post)