Beachgoers have been stunned after finding a two-metre long snake at one of Sydney’s most popular beaches.
The six-foot Diamond Python was first spotted by 14-year-old teenager Angus Clark and his friend on Balmoral Beach, Mosmon, on Sunday afternoon.
‘I reckon its head was as big as my fist – and it was as thick as my upper arm,’ Angus told the Mosman Collective.
The six-foot Diamond Python was spotted curled up on Balmoral beach, north of Sydney
Balmoral beach (pictured), located north of Sydney, is one of the city’s most iconic beaches
‘It was the last thing I expected to see at Balmoral – at first we thought we were seeing things.’
The snake was then seen by two Mosman council staff during an early morning walk on Monday.
The sighting was reported to local rangers and the New South Wales Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service.
The snake was captured by Mosman Council rangers and was then relocated to a reptile refuge.
The serpent appeared to have been in the water before it was found between Bathers’ Pavilion and the swimming club, Mosman Council wrote on a Facebook post.
‘The snake had left a trail on the beach which indicated it had been in the water,’ said a Mosman Council spokesperson.
The serpent appeared to have been swimming in water before slithering back onto the sand
Sydney snake catcher Harley Jones said the breeding season for snakes was busier than usual, which have led to a number of sightings around the north shore where there is a lot of bushland.
But Mr Jones said the spotting of a Diamond Python was ‘highly unusual’ and appears have to travelled a long distance.
Mosman Councillor and Balmoral resident Roy Bendall assured the breed of the snake was non-venomous and poses no risk to humans.
The Diamond Python gets its name because of the diamond shaped patterns found all over its skin.
A Sydney snake catcher said spotting a Diamond Python on a beach was ‘highly unusual’