25 May 2012
Alimah the albino Burmese python is turning heads due to the amazing pigmentation of her skin... and her size!
Weighing in at a staggering 45kg and stretching out to a whopping14 feet long, it took the combined efforts of three reptile keepers, plus Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin to carry Alimah into her new enclosure.
Australia Zoo owner, Terri Irwin said the unique appearance and dramatic colour of Alimah makes her a very special addition to the Australia Zoo family.
"Alimah is very special because she is the only albino Burmese python to be on display in Australia. Alimah is 14 feet long and weighs in at 45kg; she is an interesting snake because they grow to be one of the giants; she will grow to be about 16 feet long and about 100kg," Terri said.
Staff recently farewelled Lilly the reticulated python who, at between 35-40 years old, was one of the largest and oldest pythons in captivity. Lilly had called Australia Zoo home since her arrival in the early 1980s, and sadly passed away last week. Staff and visitors to Australia Zoo
will certainly miss seeing Lilly around in her enclosure.
Right beside Alimah's enclosure as she settled in was Robert Irwin, sticking close by to make sure she was made comfortable.
"Alimah is such a gorgeous python and she seemed to have felt right at home as soon as we laid her down in her enclosure", Robert said.
Big sister Bindi was right beside Robert welcoming Alimah to her new home.
"I have known Lilly since I was born and saying goodbye to her was certainly sad but she has spent over 30 fantastic years here at Australia Zoo and I am sure Alimah is going to love her new home as much as Lilly did," said Bindi.
Visitors to Australia Zoo can come and check out Alimah in her new enclosure to make her feel right at home.
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