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Mystery surrounds eight-metre SKINNED snake found in a backyard – and it’s not an Australian species

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Mystery surrounds an eight-metre long snake skin which was found by a man out for an afternoon stroll.

Cairns man Stuart Morris was on a walk near his home when he came across the massive eight-metre long snake skin so he immediately got his phone out to film it.

‘Here in Redlynch, I’m out on my walk and I’ve come across this snake skin,’ he said as he ran the camera its full length. 

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Mystery surrounds an eight-metre long snake skin which was found by Stuart Morris (pictured) on one of his afternoon walks before it was identified as being non-indigenous to Australia

Mystery surrounds an eight-metre long snake skin which was found by Stuart Morris (pictured) on one of his afternoon walks before it was identified as being non-indigenous to Australia

‘This is absolutely massive I’ve seen nothing like it before.’ 

He paces out next to the skin and finds it is seven strides from one end to the other before claiming it is only part of the skin. 

The skin was found near the footpath and fresh water instead of hidden away in bush land or on the beach. 

Mr Morris was left stunned by the find before taking it home and getting a picture side by side to show its incredible size. 

After first thinking the snake had shed its skin Mr Morris now believes someone skinned the animal. 

He also said it was clearly not an Australian species of snake but was unsure as to what species it was.  

Snake catcher Dave Walton told 7NEWS the skin looked like it possibly belonged to a reticulated python, known as the world’s largest snake which can grow to lengths of 10 metres. 

His son, Dylan Morris, told 7NEWS at first they were’t sure what to make of the find.

‘We didn’t know the snake had been killed and skinned until people told us,’ he said.

‘It’s not an Australian snake so we are just as confused as anyone looking at the photo.’

Mr Walton told the ABC that the python is native to south-east Asia.

‘The snake could have been smuggled in and it died and someone tried to skin it, or the skin has been smuggled into the country,’ he said.

‘It is very dodgy.’ 

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