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Northern Territory white snake recorded as first of kind

A rare snake has stunned wildlife rangers and made history after they found the peculiar reptile in the Northern Territory.

Slaty Grey snakes are usually brown or black, but the extremely rare find has uncovered a striking white snake with pearly scales and black beady eyes, making it the only example of its kind.

Territory Wildlife Park visitor experience manager Simon Ferguson told Daily Mail the amazing serpent is the first - and so far only - confirmed recording of a totally white example of the common species.

A rare white snake (pictured) is the only one of its kind recorded by wildlife carers

A rare white snake (pictured) is the only one of its kind recorded by wildlife carers

The Slaty Grey, nicknamed Lucille, was found and given to Territory Wildlife Park

The Slaty Grey, nicknamed Lucille, was found and given to Territory Wildlife Park

Lucille is the only white snake of her species recorded in Australia

Lucille is the only white snake of her species recorded in Australia

'Most people are fascinated, it's an absolutely beautiful snake,' Mr Ferguson said.

Mr Ferguson added there had been white snake sightings reported about five years ago, but it wasn't confirmed what species they were.

Although appearing to be albino at first sight, the lack of red eyes means the extremely rare reptile is thought to have the Leucistic gene, which causes loss of pigmentation in the skin, but not the eyes.

Wildlife carers have been calling her Lucille in recognition of the

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