Our neighbour alerted us this morning to a snake in the hedge between our properties so we went out for a look. It turned out to be a Carpet Python (Morelia spilota, also known as the Diamond Python), resting comfortably about shoulder height in the tangle of Brazilian Cherry and Mock Orange.
This one was 1.5 – 2 metres long, so it still has some growing to do before reaching full size, 2.5 – 3.5 m.
They are our commonest large snake, but we still don’t see them very often; we had one (considerably bigger than today’s) living in the garage when we moved into this house a year ago but it didn’t enjoy the disturbance and moved somewhere quieter.
I don’t seem to have posted a portrait on Green Path at the time, perhaps because I didn’t get a very good shot, so here it is.