AUSTRALIAN REPTILE PHOTOS, DISTRIBUTION MAPS AND INFORMATION
This site covers Snakes and Lizards, Crocodiles and Turtles, including Colubrid snakes, Pythons, Elapids (called Cobras or Coral Snakes in some countries), Sea Snakes, File Snakes, Blind (or Worm) Snakes, Sea Turtles, Freshwater Turtles (or Tortoises) Dragon Lizards (Agamas), Gecko's, Legless Lizards, Monitor Lizards (often called Goanna's in Australia), Skinks and Crocodilia.
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Special thanks to John Weigel of the Australian Reptile Park for giving me permission to use this photo, which was one of the first photos published of a living Rough Scaled Python Morelia carinata, ( this picture appeared on the cover of Herpetofauna !)
This species was only known from 2 museum specimens until 1999 when The Australian Reptile Park obtained permits to capture some from the wild. The Australian Reptile park successfully bred them in captivity and this species is now readily available in the Australian pet trade.
One of the rarest snake in Australia, the Rough-scaled python Morelia carinata is only known from approximately ten snakes captured in the wild.
The Rough-scaled python Morelia carinata is the only species of python with keeled scales.
The Rough-scaled python Morelia carinata should not be confused with the highly venomous Rough-scaled snake Tropidechis carinatus
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Updated December 29, 2018