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Diamond Python

Diamond Python
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-25
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Sigma 70-300 DG Macro, Digital ISO-400, Matin 58mm UV
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/45 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Australian Reptiles and Frogs [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-04 2:38
Viewed: 5957
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It’s been a while since I posted a reptile, so today I present a recent capture of a Diamond Python (Morelia spilota) that I found north of Sydney trying to catch some late autumn sun. I was pleasantly surprised to find this guy casually sun bathing on one of the main walking walks. He was a good size too, almost 2 metres long and as thick as a big man’s arm which is getting close to their upper size limit.

I’ve put a second shot in the WORKSHOP.

The Diamond Python is also known as Carpet Python in some parts of the country. In New South Wales they are an endangered species and strictly protected. They are found in a variety of habitats and probably more than one species is represented by the 7 recognised subspecies.
In the Sydney region, they are usually found in open forest or woodland near riverine gorges with a thick leaf litter. They rest in caves, hollow logs and rocky overhangs. They are not afraid of humans and often enter houses that are built near bushland, where they feed on rats that seem to follow human urbanisation everywhere.
In the wild, they can lay up to 50 eggs and prey predominantly on small native rodents and mammals, though birds and lizards also feature in their diet.
They well known for having individual personalities, some will let you pick them up without any problem; others are vicious and will strike if you get to close – as I found out 25 years ago. But being a python, they are not venomous and just leave a small bite mark and a shocked person.

Thanks for looking

vanderschelden, maurydv, haraprasan, marhowie, weeksy, red45, Dis. Ac., Ken52, pekkavalo1, boreocypriensis, xTauruSx, bahadir, meyerd, LordPotty, Dillinger has marked this note useful
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Nice shot of this beautiful python. nice warm colours
Although you could make it better by add more sharpness at photoshop. It would be better if that green stick on the left was not there, the same with the little stick on the low right corner (this you can erase with photoshop)

Hello Chris,
Very good photo. There are not a lot of such snake postings here.
Good note as well.
Well done overall.

Hi Chris.
Beautiful picture, splendid colours and sharpness.
I greet Robert.

Hello Chris,

No time, only marking.

Very Nice shot of this extremely beautiful python. I am a snake lover too and just wnated to say that I loved the macro work.

Splendido primo piano di questo bellissimo serpente, eccellenti POV e composizione con il contatto visivo e la lingua "biforcuta", ottima nitidezza, molto belli i colori e BG del sottobosco. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Hi Chris,
A nice capture of this python. Excellent composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-07-04 11:52]

Hi Chris!

Warm light perfectly suits colours on snake's body. Great moment with well visible long tongue and eye contact. I like pose also.

Hi Chris,

nice caption of this Python.
Good portrait picture, I like exspecially the tongue.


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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2008-07-04 23:11]

WOW. That looks like a large snake. Very nice pose captured with tongue out and nice composition and colors. I also like the workshop photo. Excellent details and colors on that shot.

Hi Chris
This is an awesome picture of this fellow in his natural habital. Well done on capturing that tongue with a relatively slow shutter speed. Sharpness and colour is good and I like the DOF.

Hola Chris,
Impresionante captura con magnífica nitidez y riqueza de detalles, excelente nota informativa. Saludos
José Ramón

Hi Chris

Very nice close-up of this Python. You rarely see postings of wild snakes here. Nice POV and composition, sharp details, good DOF and natural colours.



Hi Chris, what a perfectly captured Diamond Python my friend. All details and bifurcated tongue are splendid in all around! The colours and pattern are very wonderful. DOF and POV excellent.Great shot indeed.
TFS this beauty my friend.
Have a nice weekend!


Hello Chris, perfect macro shot of this beautiful piton. TFS. Regards,

Hi Chris, perfect shot of this pretty piton with great details. TFS. Regards,

Hui Chris, again

you have a marvelous fauna at your front porch, Chris! It's good that a gifted photographer like you knows how to present the snake to us curious TN watchers. Great portrait, the focus on the head, but the long body as background. You caught the moment the snake lashes its tongue. Beautiful.
Best regards

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-07-05 22:17]

Hello Chris

A wonderful capture of this python.
The tongue is super,that is hard to time,I have tried it many times.
Excellent focus and sharpness.
The colours are vivid.
Great job.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-07-05 23:08]

Hi Chris

Great POV and shot - great detail and good saturated colour. Well seen and captured.


You're so lucky to have snakes Chris ... at least,some of them.
Nice to see a snake pic for a change.
Looks great!

Beautiful picture,best timing shot fase clear focos very nice.

This is a well-timed shot -- good sharp focus on the tongue and head. Congratulations on finding this snake outdoors, and not in a zoo!

Great shot! God pov and sharply focussed. The flickering forked tongue looks awsum.

Hi Chris,
Awesome perspective or POV of this python you got a great capture with it's tongue sticking out catching the scent. The diamond python are really attractive compare to most other python species, I would love to see more.
Paul :)

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