That was the best my camera could do but we saw all of it. I looked it up later and it was a Diamond Python (below), which is nicely non-venemous. But we didn't know that at the time and it was rather exciting.
Then Jake caught Noobie the cat with its new toy, a baby possum! I've always wanted to see a possum and LOOK, it didn't disappoint.
We put it in a beer box and ferried it down to the bottom of the garden and shut Noobie in.
Noobs got out and the next day the possum was found again looking shellshocked. Ruth gave it a mango and it liked that.
It ate the mango like...the cutest thing EVER eating a mango.
This is a common ringtail possum. Everyone seems to hate them but they are a protected species, being indigenous and all.
'Thumping across the roof, living in the chimney or raiding our compost bins - possums are at home with people and in the urban environment.' says an urban possum article.
They are marsupials and caecotrophic (they eat their poo like rabbits).
I like them.
Jake phoned up the local wildlife trust people and a possum dropoff was arranged at the local vets.