Rare white snake found in Australia

A rare white snake was found in Australia. The snake was a rescue from the Northern Territory, Australia. The snake was later handed over to the  Territory Wildlife Park by the rescuers. 

From its appearance firstly it appeared to be an albino. But the lack of red eyes determined the snake has the Leucistic gene. The Leucistic gene causes the loss of the pigmentation of the skin but does not affect the eyes. 

This snake had been discovered to have an “incredibly rare mutation” which left its skin to be white. The snake has a very light pearl shade with black eyes making it look uniquely beautiful.

Albinism is a condition that lacks enzymes in melanin that make skin, eyes, and hair pale in color from normal. Albino very rarely occurs, according to statistics only 1 in 10 thousand, even 100 thousand new individuals a case of this condition.

Territory Wildlife Park in Berry Springs shared the white-skinned snake photographs on Facebook with the information. 

The post read “It is a white Slaty Grey, which is native to Australia but this one has an incredibly rare mutation, as they are usually a dark brown color. The nocturnal snake will be placed in quarantine at the Park to ensure it is free of any nasties that can harm our other animals and then be put on display for everyone to marvel at.”

Slaty-grey snakes are usually black or brown and non-venomous. But this rescued snake is a striking white snake with pearly scales and black beady eyes.

This snake was rescued on June 15 when it was being attacked by a dog. A local resident found it and handed it over to Territory Wildlife Park authorities. 

The park issued a statement that said – “The nocturnal snake will be placed in quarantine at the Park to ensure it is free of any nasties, “and then be put on display for everyone to marvel at.”

 

 

Author: Prayagni

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