We? worth $100,000 a head
ROCKHAMPTON Zoo's snake handler Wil Kemp would love to get his hands on the two-headed albino snake up for sale on the internet.
However, he's not willing to go and ask his bosses for the $200,000 asking price.
"I'd rather get my hands on a green-tree python, they're going for about $10,000,'' Mr Kemp said.
"You find them up north and they're probably the rarest snake in Australia.''
He said he had not heard of a two-headed albino snake.
"I did have a friend who bred a two-headed carpet snake but he put it down when it was born, because he was worried about its health,'' Mr Kemp said.
"There's also a guy down south who has bred a two-headed bearded dragon.''
He said the zoo had its own "freak'' snake.
"There is a green-tree snake, which is a common snake that is normally black on top and yellow underneath, that we managed to get our hands on, which is a beautiful sky blue colour,'' Mr Kemp said.
The zoo is building up its snake collection.
Currently it features about 40 individual snakes, of 22 species.
"It's a wide variety, but we want to add all of the species of python found in Australia and also the world's 12 deadliest snakes, which are all from this country,'' Mr Kemp said.
For the record, the two-headed albino snake, called We, is six years old and has lived at The World Aquarium in St Louis since 1999.
The aquarium paid $US15,000 for it soon after it was born, not expecting it to live long.