Leucistic D.lutrix

South African snakes commonly known as non-venomous, including the Natal rock python (Python natalensis).

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Leucistic D.lutrix

Postby Jamster » Thu Apr 17, 2014 12:36 am

Hey guys, got the opportunity to photograph a leucy slug eater found near Loerie. Here are a couple of pics. Enjoy

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Re: Leucistic D.lutrix

Postby Ruan Stander » Thu Apr 17, 2014 5:28 am

That is gorgeous. Just another example of the hidden beauty in our indigenous species. Wake up 'Nature Conservation' !
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Re: Leucistic D.lutrix

Postby asmit » Thu Apr 17, 2014 9:08 am

That is really beautiful!!! :shock: :smt007

Amazing how nature can change without human interaction.
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Re: Leucistic D.lutrix

Postby levi_20 » Thu Apr 17, 2014 11:33 am

Amazing to see, I love this species. Thanks for sharing!!
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Re: Leucistic D.lutrix

Postby Bushviper » Thu Apr 17, 2014 8:52 pm

Thats an albino. Look at the red eye.

This has been recorded before and that female gave birth to albino babies and despite them feeding and growing they died off one after another.

Lets hope this one goes on to produce more viable babies. Lovely pictures.
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Re: Leucistic D.lutrix

Postby Jamster » Fri Apr 18, 2014 12:19 am

Thanks guys:).

Arno I spoke to a couple of people as I too thought it was an albino due to the clearly visible red eye and they said it was a leucistic due to the white colouration?? Just glad that something unusual has finally popped up in my little world of indigenous snake experiences;)
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Re: Leucistic D.lutrix

Postby Westley Price » Fri Apr 18, 2014 8:50 am

Very interesting find. Let's hope it survives.

One has to bear in mind that the albino form of a brown/black, uniform coloured snake would be white, pink or yellow.

The only way to tell the difference is the colour of the eyes. Leucies have black or blue eyes while albinos have red eyes.

Either that, or the finder was EXTREMELY luck to find a double homozygous albino leucistic ;)
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