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    Albino Corn Snake from US illegally imported to Australia and found by snake catchers in Queensland 

    Albino Corn Snake from the US that was illegally imported into Australia is found on the loose in Queensland

    • A red-eyed white snake was handed into a wildlife centre on the Sunshine Coast
    • Snake catcher Stuart McKenzie identified the reptile as an Albino Corn Snake
    • Corn Snakes are native to the southeastern and central US and popular pets 
    • People who illegally import reptiles can be fined $210k or be jailed for 10 years

    A rare albino snake species from North America that was illegally imported into Australia has been found in the wild in Queensland

    Snake catcher Stuart McKenzie identified the reptile as an albino Corn Snake after it was caught and handed into a wildlife centre on the Sunshine Coast on Tuesday. 

    Mr McKenzie posted pictures of red-eyed white snake to his Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers Facebook page.   

    Snake catcher Stuart McKenzie identified an Albino Corn Snake (pictured) from North America after it was caught and handed into a wildlife centre on the Sunshine Coast on Tuesday

    ‘Illegal Corn Snake Found on the Sunshine Coast. We were notified about a strange looking snake that had been handed into a local wildlife centre,’ Mr McKenzie captioned the post. 

    ‘On inspection we were able to ID it as an albino Corn Snake, which is not native to Australia! This snake has now been organised to go to the appropriate authorities. 

    ‘If you ever see a snake that looks out of place or strange and potentially not from the area, please don’t hesitate to contact us immediately!’ 

    Mr McKenzie also included a picture of the albino corn snake side-by-side with an image of a brown corn snake on his phone. 

    Although they were different colour, the snakes had the same distinctive beady eyes and long, thin body.  

    Corn snakes are a North American species of rat snake, not to be confused with rattle snakes, which are dispersed through the southeastern and central US. 

    Mr McKenzie also included a picture of the albino snake side-by-side with an image of a brown corn snake on his phone. Although they were different colour, the snakes had the same distinctive round, beady eyes and long, thin body

    Mr McKenzie also included a picture of the albino snake side-by-side with an image of a brown corn snake on his phone. Although they were different colour, the snakes had the same distinctive round, beady eyes and long, thin body

    They are often found near grain stores where they prey on mice and rats that eat harvested corn, which is how they get their name. 

    They kill the rodents by constricting them but have no functional venom, which makes them harmless to humans and actually beneficial since they eat pests. 

    Corn snakes are also docile and reluctant to bite, which make them popular pets. 

    The reptiles are often selectively bred to create unique colour variations or ‘morphs’. 

    From its red eyes and white scales, it is likely the corn snake found on the Sunshine Coast was a ‘blizzard’ compound morph, which is a combination of the amelanistic and charcoal varieties.    

    It is illegal to import foreign reptiles into Australia, unless it is for pre-approved zoological purposes. 

    Those found breaking the rules can be fined up to $210,000 or spend 10 years in prison under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. 

    From its red eyes and white scales, it is likely the corn snake found on the Sunshine Coast was a 'blizzard' compound morph, which is a combination of the amelanistic and charcoal varieties

    From its red eyes and white scales, it is likely the corn snake found on the Sunshine Coast was a ‘blizzard’ compound morph, which is a combination of the amelanistic and charcoal varieties

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