Carpet Python

On our stairs.

Rather unexpectantly, we currently have a largish carpet python on the only way in and out of the house.

View all photos taken: Saturday, 12th December 2009, This photo: 7:28pm


  • golmuso said:
    very nice...may aswell make use of the new house mate:P well done David, lovely perspective
  • accesser said:
    Wow I hope he did not get any pets or chickens? Lovely creatures however just not in the home.
  • Adam Randell said:
    Guess you're staying in tonight.
    Nice detail mate.
  • David de Groot said:
    Indeed - I'm hoping he's managed to get rid of the rats we had lurking down stairs at one stage. Didn't expect to see him only three steps from the top though!
    Nope, well I dunno about chickens yet, but didn't hear them carrying on. Rosie (one of the dogs) stopped on the stairs to sniff it, but I shoo'd her along before either of them new what the other was.
    Well I've been out a couple of times, camera in hand to see what I can get ;-)
  • P de G 1952 said:
    Keep the doors shut. Nice shot. However you are a better person than me ........ getting that close.
  • heidi_K said:
    Beautiful snake and beautiful shot!
  • Xenedis said:
    Geez, you get all the fun. The only wild animals around here are the people living across the way...
  • sjmc1 said:
    Thats just brilliant david,probally come in for the cooler temp.
  • [ Kane ] said:
    Looks like you need to sit back, bake a cake and wait for him to leave... and then, bring some cake around here.
  • leadegroot said:
    @P de G 1952 yeah, no problem - we've locked the doggie door both ways, so the dogs can't go visit and our friend can't chow down on the doggie bikkies.
    Doors are shut for the aircon anyway :)
  • David de Groot said:
    ah 'tis only a python. I'm not going to try to pick it up, but I've been close to wild ones like this before.
    Indeed Heidi - but are you just saying that 'cause you're on the other side of the planet ? ;-)
    hehehe, would be handy to have a second entrance about now. At least it's only a python and not something a bit more dangerous.
    'tis possible, although I suspect it's on the hunt actually - proabably after lizards, frogs and rats and thought he'd try his luck upstairs.
    hahaha Nah, we'll just go to bed instead.
  • GJ Wind said:
    Great capture, David!
    A beaautiful snake.
  • James Lagden said:
    Nice Dave, at least it's just a Carpet Python and nothing dangerous (for the humans anyway).
  • David de Groot said:
    Sure is. Now if it would just return to the ground, rather than our staircase, I think everyone would be happy.
    Quite so! Not sure if the elapids have a penchant for climbing things or not. Hoping not ;-)
  • looby88 said:
    lol ! How exciting !!
  • David de Groot said:
    And this morning, he's still out there, but not on the stairs. He's rather sensibly (for a cold blooded reptile with which looks like a rat sized lump in him), perched atop a pipe running above the hot water system.
  • Agamid said:
    oh what a pretty fellow!
  • Jesse4870 said:
    Great detail on the head of the snake and also with the wooden stair. I also had a snake turn up on our patio yesterday, dead however.
  • The Central Scrutiniser said:
    what a beauty!
  • P de G 1952 said:
    Are all the chickens accounted for.
  • David de Groot said:
    Indeed :)
    Oh that's a shame.
    Sure is - currently napping above the hot water system downstairs.
    Yep, all ok.
  • Jennifer Renee said:
    lovely capture, i like the detail of the green on his face...
    we have not found a snake in the house before, though we may not be in the "sticks" enough for that.. . but today Rich found a baby water dragon in the hallway...
    he was cute, i held him a bit before putting the poor thing outside...
    oh and friday night a cane toad came in with the laundry basket and startled us when we were folding it on the bed! lol
  • SkattyKat said:
    lol noice JR !!
    Great capture Dave - don't think I would feel too easy with something like that around
  • David de Groot said:
    ewwww cane toad in the laundry! I'd be rewashing the lot if it were me.
    He's not too bad, seems to spend the day on a pipe over the hot water system, and then at night comes out onto the stairs (not sure why, maybe he likes the view?).
  • larose_blanche said:
    My goodness.... i am scared... do'h
    But the DOF and amazing indeed...
    great warm mood here as well.
    Have a great day~!
  • David de Groot said:
    Nothing to be scared of, 'tis only a carpet python. :)
  • golmuso said:
    Well dave there's always a positve to these guys...preditor getting rid of the pesky things that lurk around!:)
  • David de Groot said:
    Quite so - he's still hanging about, I suspect he will until he's digested his food.
  • suburbanvoodoo said:
    Dave, now as much as this is a great image of the snake, all i can see is the stair tread!....(been sanding and painting my new deck for the past 3 days and have a day to go!!)
  • David de Groot said:
    ;-) Our stairs are au naturalé ;-)
  • Clearskies Images said:
    Great visitor and cheap rodent control!! lol
  • David de Groot said:
    Alas, after it took up residence on the veranda proper, eyeing off our dogs, it had to go. The nice snake catcher man came and relocated it down the road.
  • acwatson1z said:
    Dave, when I finally get around to an .au-uffie meet, remind me you have all these dangerous animals; snakes, spiders, drop-bears, bragi... ;)
  • David de Groot said:
    Oh this one's not dangerous :P
  • leadegroot said:
    and it was 2 feet from our back door!
    and we would happily have let him stay (they catch rats) if it hadn't had an unhealthy eye on our dogs...