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Tinsel the albino Kingsnake was found in Leven

A RARE albino snake has been given a festive name after being found outside a Fife supermarket.

Tinsel was spotted by a sharp-eyed member of the public outside a Lidl store in Leven on Wednesday evening.

Animal experts say if the young Kingsnake had been left outside any longer it could have died.

He is currently being cared for at the Scottish SPCA’s Edinburgh and Lothians Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre.

Animal Rescue Officer Robyn Cooper said, “It’s very lucky that Tinsel was found as snakes need heat and can’t survive for long outside in the cold.

“Tinsel is young, no older than one year and could be a stray, although we can’t rule out the possibility of abandonment.

“Thankfully, Tinsel is now safe but we’re very keen to establish how this snake came to be in such a vulnerable position.

“We’d urge anyone with information to get in touch as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information relating to Tinsel should contact the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.