Exotic albino snake from illegal collection captured

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A GYMPIE snake catcher has captured an exotic albino snake thought to have escaped from an illegal collection in or around Gympie.

Sunshine Coast Snake Catcher Richie Gilbert posted photos of the albino snake on his Facebook page saying Gympie snake catcher Codey Rowe got a "huge surprise" when he was called out to relocate this snake on Friday.

"He suspected it was either an Eastern Brown snake or a Taipan and sent me some photos. I agreed with him and thought he was onto something amazing!" Mr Gilbert said.

"I was very excited thinking that it was an Eastern Brown snake but later when I took a proper look and counted the scales with my college Max we came to the conclusion that it wasn't even an Australian snake at all, even though it had such a strong resemblance to an Eastern Brown snake.

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"So basically it's an albino Corn Snake from the US."

Mr Gilbert said the snake is "obviously an escaped exotic snake from an illegal collection in or around Gympie".

"We have no idea how long it had been in the wild but given it was very fat it certainly didn't seem to be doing too badly on its own."

The snake was surrendered to Biosecurity and Mr Gilbert said unfortunately, due to strict policies regarding exotic species, it will be euthanised.

"A very sad end to a very beautiful snake," Mr Gilbert said.

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