Want to cuddle Olive the albino?
LIKE a nervous father, Ipswich reptile breeder Troy Kuligowski is waiting for his precious babies to hatch.
As one of a few breeders in Australia to produce eggs from an albino olive python this year, Mr Kuligowski is taking special care of his 46 eggs from three female snakes.
"They're one of the hardest snakes to breed," he said.
"The babies will start out at $4000."
Joy Kuligowski, Troy's mother, said so-called "designer morphs" like the two-year-old albino python were in high demand.
"He'll be on display this year at our reptile show," she said.
"People want them because they're so unusual, hard to breed and there are very few in captivity."
Wildlife guru Bob Irwin will be a guest speaker at Scales and Tails Australia's annual Reptile Festival at the Ipswich Showgrounds, Warwick Rd, on Saturday, November 12 from 9am to 8pm.
"It's the third show and it gets bigger and better every year," Mr Kuligowski said.
On display will be lizards, snakes, crocodiles and "cute and furry" animals.
"This is a 'must attend' for anyone with an interest in, or curiosity of, reptiles," Mrs Kuligowski said.