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Weird and unusual animals around the world

Photos Logo Photos | Slide 1 of 34: In a photo provided by Stephen Tatum, an orange alligator is seen near a pond in Hanahan, S.C. Photos show the 4- to 5-foot-long alligator on the banks of a retention pond at the Tanner Plantation neighborhood. 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. Experts say the alligator will shed its skin and probably return to a normal shade soon.  (Stephen Tatum via AP)

In February 2017, an orange-colored alligator (pictured) was found near a pond in Hanahan, South Carolina, U.S. Later that same month, a second one was spotted in Calabash, North Carolina, U.S. Two sightings do not a species make, particularly since the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources believes the alligators’ unusual coloring is more likely a result of rust in the water than evolution. 

That said, there might already be orange colored-crocodiles in the world. Scientists researching the Abanda cave system in Gabon, Africa, believe a section of the African dwarf crocodile population has evolved to live inside the caves – they feed on bats and are turning orange!

Our planet is home to an awe-inspiring variety of plant and animal life. Check out some of weirdest-looking creatures in the world. 

© Stephen Tatum via AP
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