Our Snake

on out driveway, shot from the car on the way to school this morning.

View all photos taken: Wednesday, 13th February 2008, This photo: 8:26am

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  • apurdam (Andrew) said:
  • David de Groot said:
    It (he/she?) is a lovely little spotted python (EDIT: Carpet Python - see below answer from Greg). Only about 3 or 4 feet long, and quite sensibly suns itself on the edge of the driveway (a learned trait, as we've had to stop for it a couple of times earlier on).
  • Clearskies Images said:
    Cool capture!
  • David de Groot said:
    If I was gamer (and not in a hurry to take the kidlets to school), I'd have gotten out of the car and tried to get a closer shot of the head, but he/she wasn't there when I got home.
  • The Central Scrutiniser said:
    that's a carpet python i think. the head scalation is too diffuse to be a spotted. it's shedding it's skin too. that's why its eye is cloudy.
  • David de Groot said:
    You know I thought it was a carpet python earlier, as I know there's one of those on the driveway, but saw the muted colours and no obvious tan patching and figured it must be a spotted python instead, but if it's shedding it's skin, that'd explain the muted markings.
  • Jack High said:
    Nice shot, especially from the car. DoF and focus bang on.
    Must be pleasant to have friendly (well relatively) snakes around the house. Snakes that visit my house are either eastern browns or red-bellied blacks, and both are reasons for serious concern.

    Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)
  • David de Groot said:
    This one sits on the edge of the driveway a good 30m or so from the house. In general, although we have Eastern Taipans, Eastern Browns, Red-Belly Blacks, Death Adders, our dogs are too noisy and they don't come near the house (plenty of other bushland to go hide in).
  • rumblemumbles said:
    ohhh delightful.... so were you close to it or did you use a long lense?
  • David de Groot said:
    Shot from the window of my car. I was parked next to it, used a medium telephoto (100mm) lens. They're pretty harmless anyway, and this was a smallish one compared to how large they can get.
  • leadegroot said:
    I've almost stepped on it while wandering down absentmindedly to get the mail and it just freezes