Diamond python eats rabbit
GOING ...tackling a large rabbit this two metre long diamond python had to open wide to swallo a meal considerably thicker than its own body. Photo: Nick Korfiatis
Both are practically harmless, but have quite different temperaments. The smaller carpet snakes are much crankier, and don't like being handled. Adults usually grow no more than two metres, but some have been recorded at 2.5 metres.
The color pattern consists of a beige or brown ground color overlaid with blackish or gray blotches, cross-bands or stripes, or a combination of any of these. Regional color variations can include bright yellow, gold, rust and clear grays.
Diamond pythons can reach a length of four metres, and their markings are, as the name suggests, distinctively diamond shaped. They are very docile, especially just after a meal.
In Queensland and northen NSW the two sub-species can and do hybridise.
GOING ...swallowing a rabbit can be hard work for a small snake. Photo:Nick Korfiatis
Diamond pythons usually eat birds eggs, small birds, mice, and other small animals. Occasionally they will tackle something bigger, such as a ringtail possum, or something rather disproprtionate to their own size, like a large well fed rabbit.
This sequence of pictures show how a 1.5 metre long diamond python did some jawdropping gymnastics to get a large rabbit down its throat. The sequence was filmed over the space of half an hour in Turramurra in Sydney's northern suburbs by Nick Korfiatis in March 2011.
GONE ...the puthon had no objection at all to being picked up and deposited safely in bushland away from an elderly residential care facility. Photo:Nick Korfiatis