Diamond pythons are not venomous but if you stumble upon a 1.8-metre-long diamond python slithering the streets of Canberra, your instinct will tell you to run.
But Malcolm's owner Jay Rawlings who is frantically looking for his lost per python says, "If you find him, don't be afraid".
Mr Rawlings wrote on the Canberra Lost Pet Database page on Facebook that Malcolm may be looking for somewhere warm and/or dark.
After returning from holidays, Mr Rawlings put Malcolm in his favorite front-yard tree on Tuesday for a breather.
When Rawling had gone inside to carry on with his household chores his pet decided to find his freedom.
Mr Rawlings is seeking help to find his favorite pet before Canberra gets chilly again.
The Diamond python is worth between $200 and $1000, Mr Rawlings is confident the snake was not stolen.
Malcolm is black with bright yellow spots and probably won't try to get away if approached - "unlike a red-bellied black", Mr Rawlings says.