Morelia carinata, the Rough-scaled python, is a large scaled python species found in Australia. No subspecies are currently recognized.[1]


Adults grow to 2m in length. Distinguished by the presence of a large parietal scale and by having distinct keeled scales. The body is slim and muscular. The color pattern is light honey-tan with darker brown reddish markings. The belly is white possibly with black spots. They are now available to private owners, originating from a few wild caught specimens, as it was found they breed readily in captivity.

Geographic rangeEdit

Found in Australia, northwestern Western Australia in the lower sections of the Mitchell and Hunter rivers, just inland from the coast. The type locality given is "Mitchell River Falls, Western Australia (14°50'S, 125°42'E)" [Australia].[2]


They are found in rocky valleys of Kimberley region in far northern Western Australia where they climb on low trees and shrubs.


So far reported to be strictly crepuscular. The temperament is quite docile with rarely any attempts to bite.


confirmed to be an egg-layer (oviparous) like other pythons.

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