By Luke Kenton
This picturesque python’s stunning ‘holographic’ skin shimmers in the sunlight in rare sight to behold.
Though the Morelia boeleni python may appear menacing in its appearance, this surprisingly docile snake retains a rare beauty not first visible to the eye.
The rare non-venomous reptile – who primarily reside in the mountains of New Guinea – can grow up to three metres long, and it’s considered to be exceptionally unusual to find one in a private collection.
But snake collector Jhon Kim’s prized possession of five-years has a very unique feature, which is even more uncommon than the snake itself: a holographic skin.
Slithering in the sunlight over his beloved owner’s arm in Medan, Indonesia, the reptile’s black scales shimmer a stunning kaleidoscopic rainbow pattern across the ridges of his back.
Jhon Kim, who has over 20 snakes, admits he never tires of ‘King’s’ spectacular appearance.
He said: “I’ve had him since 2013. It’s very rare – I got him from my friend.
“This snake is so amazing, it’s the most beautiful python type.
“It’s very rare to have a holographic coat.
“I have over 20 snakes, but this one is certainly my favourite.
“It’s very rare to see a snake in this colour with this coat, so I feel very lucky to own one of my own.
“He’s a very calm and shy snake, and I regularly play with him.”