Photo Shows 'Super-Rare' Blue Snake Found Slithering on Family's Veranda

An Australian man has shared a photo of a "super-rare" blue snake that he captured.

Luke Huntley, who runs a snake-catching business in the Noosa coastal area of Queensland, encountered the colorful reptile on Tuesday. A family called Huntley to their home in the small beach town of Peregian after they found the blue phase common tree snake on their veranda, and asked him to remove it.

Also known as dendrelaphis punctulata, common tree snakes can grow up to 6.5 ft long. They are most often yellow-ish green, brownish-green or black. Blue snakes are unusual, according to the Queensland Department of Environment and Science.

Huntley posted on Facebook that the animal was the second blue snake he had encountered in a week. "Lucky me," he wrote. Huntley said the blue snake he saw on February 18 was the biggest he had ever caught.

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He told Newsweek it was "very rare" for him to find blue snakes and they were "definitely" more common in the summer, the current season in Australia.

In Huntley's six years as a catcher, he has seen around 20 blue snakes, he added.

"I get a few. But they're super-rare," he said. The Noosa region of Australia's Sunshine Coast gets more than most areas, according to Huntley.

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Common tree snakes are found across Australia's east and its tropical northern areas, from Western Australia's Kimberley region to Cape York and Torres Strait in Queensland, reaching into New South Wales and Papua New Guinea. They inhabit areas such as rainforest, woodlands and tropical gardens, but are also found in trees, residential gardens and people's homes. They are common in the city of Brisbane.

Huntley's photo gained hundreds of likes and dozens of comments on Facebook. One user wrote: "We had one near the pool last year. Until then, I had no idea they could be blue!"

Another said: "He sure is beautiful......and a surprise.....I didn't know there were blue snakes until you posted one a short time ago! Thank you!"

Although their striking color may suggest otherwise, these snakes are "not dangerous at all," Huntley said. Common tree snakes have no venom and spend their days searching for frogs and skinks (lizards) to eat. At night they hunker down in tree hollows, foliage and crevices.

Asked what people should do if they encounter common trees snakes, Huntley said: "Either leave them to go on their way peacefully or call your local catcher."