Well it has been unseasonably warm down this way over the past few weeks.
As proof of that as we were heading out a few days ago we saw our first snake of the season.
And she was a beauty!
Back before winter I snapped a few photos on my phone of a Carpet Python crossing our track.
This Diamond Python (Morelia spilota spilota) was in almost the same place but this time I had my camera.
She was on the track and went into this aggressive pose when I went to move her.
Pythons are non-venomous (they dispatch their prey by constriction) but they have a mouth full of needle sharp teeth. And at about six feet long a bite from her would hurt (a lot). It is mostly bluff though as they usually try to avoid confrontation.
I moved around her looking for nice shots but she kept swivelling around to face me.
And given her posture I wasn't entirely sure she wouldn't bite. The tight "S" curve of her body is basically like a coiled spring ready to strike.
They are called "Diamond Pythons" because of the rosettes that spangle their body.
I think she has moulted recently because although she was dusty from crossing our dry dirt track, her scales glistened beautifully in the light.
Eventually she realised she wasn't going to bluff me and turned tail and glided away.