Pregnant, foreign snake threatens Coast wildlife

An American Corn snake is on the loose in Kawana. Photo: Contributed
An American Corn snake is on the loose in Kawana. Photo: Contributed Contributed

A PREGNANT foreign snake is slithering around Sunshine Coast suburbs in a real threat to local wildlife.

Sunshine Coast Snake Catcher Richie Gilbert  posted an urgent warning last night on Facebook for residents in the Warana, Bokarina and Kawana areas to be on the look out for a Gravid American Corn Snake. 

The snake is believed to be pregnant and could lay up to 30 eggs. 

Each infant snake could be sold for up to $900 on the black market, Mr Gilbert told The Daily.

Mr Gilbert said the snake poses a "huge threat" to local wildlife and if the snake had escaped from a private collection, a male snake could also be loose. 

"I have contacted Biosecurity who are taking this very seriously," Mr Gilbert wrote. 

"We must find this snake before she lays the eggs somewhere.

"It is not venomous but it is classes a class one category pest."

Mr Gilbert knocked on doors in the area last night, desperately seeking information. 

Under Queensland laws, it is illegal to own an American Corn Snake. 

The American corn snake is an attractive reptile that is primarily nocturnal and highly variable in colour. Most adults display vivid reddish or orange blotches edged in black, on a grey or orange background.  

Biosecurity Queensland states a Class 1 pests are not commonly present or established in Queensland and have the potential to cause impacts to whole of part of the State.  

The introduction, keeping,releasing and supplying of a Class 1 pest is not possible without a permit.


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