Keelback snake, Tropidonophis mairii

We set out one morning searching for snakes. I was excited to see this gorgeous keelback snake – it had the most intricate and beautifully coloured scales. They’re a non-venomous species, noted for their ability to eat cane toads. The experience was extra special because it was my first time seeing this species.

Daintree Rainforest, Queensland

Canon EOS 7D, EF-S60mm f2.8 macro USM, 1/80, f/16, ISO 100, handheld

by Tess Poyner, New South Wales. Age 16