This is a scale pattern I don’t see very often – and for good reason. Diamond Pythons are closely related to carpet pythons (sub species) and are commonly found in coastal areas of New South Wales. I caught this stunning snake right at the top of a tree at a Trinity Beach residence. It was coiled up in a tight ball around a branch and as I gently tapped its body in an effort to locate the sharp end, the python calmly slid down my arm and around my shoulder. At this point I suspected the snake may have once been a pet. The diamond python has since been surrendered to the Wildlife Management Unit of the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection and will be found a new home under one of their relocation programs.