THIS RARE Albino snake was found on a Pottsville building site earlier this month where it had to be rescued from inside a hollow shovel handle.
THIS RARE Albino snake was found on a Pottsville building site earlier this month where it had to be rescued from inside a hollow shovel handle.

Rare snake could bite

AN oddity of the slithery kind was discovered at a construction site in Pottsville recently – a pink snake.

Workers found the albino small-eyed snake and watched as it curled up inside the handle of a shovel.

And there it stayed until vets from the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary cut it free after a concerned worker called for help.

Sanctuary vet Michael Pyne said he has never seen an albino snake in the wild before as their lack of camouflage makes them easy targets for predators.

“It’s really rare for an albino of any species to survive ... they get picked off fairly young,” Dr Pyne said.

The release of the snake posed challenges for wildlife carers because of its venom; small-eyed snakes have been known to killfamily pets and even small children.

Dr Pyne encourages everyone to stay clear of snakes if they find them in their backyard.

“Keep away – it’s really thatsimple. Almost all people who get bitten are trying to move them.

“If you leave them alone they’ll probably be gone by tomorrow.”

The snake was released back into bushland near Pottsville last week.

Bite help

If you suspect a snake bite, keep the victim calm and immobile and call for an ambulance.

Do not wash the bite site – the venom on the skin can be used to identify the species of snake.

Apply a wide, firm bandage to as much of the affected limb as possible. Keep the bandage tight, but not so tight that it cuts off circulation.

Immobilise the limb using a splint, a thin piece of wood or a rolled up newspaper.

If the snake is still in the area, write down the colour, how long it is and any distinctive markings to help with identification. Do not bring live snakes with you to the hospital.



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