An orange alligator photographed in South Florida this week is causing a stir.
Venice, Fla. resident Sylvia Mathen captured a photo of the rust-colored gator, which was sunbathing beside a neighborhood canal.
After the shot ran on a local television program, it generated a considerable amount of buzz. But experts say the gator’s pigment isn’t natural.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Thursday that they don’t believe the color to be genetic. Instead, the creature was likely covered in paint or some other orange substance.