Mystery of the orange gator

This Jan. 5, 2011 photo provided by Sylvia Mythen shows an alligator with an orange appearance in Venice, Fla. Wildlife officials said Thursday the gator is not naturally orange. Experts with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have scrutinized the photo and determined the color is not genetic. They believe the gator was somehow covered in paint or an orange substance.( AP Photo/Sylvia Mythen)

January 7, 2011 11:21:28 AM PST
An orange alligator photographed in South Florida is raising questions about its bizarre pigment. Sylvia Mythen snapped the photo of the gator sunning beside a neighborhood canal in Venice.

The picture ran on TV after she shot it Wednesday and caused a buzz.

Experts with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have scrutinized the photo and say the color is not genetic. They believe the gator was somehow covered in paint or an orange substance.