Rough-scaled Python
Common Name: Rough-scaled Python
Scientific Name: Morelia carinata
Family: Pythonidae (Pythons)
Genus: Morelia
Status: category 5
Size: TL 2000mm

If you are purchasing reptiles in Western Australia, you must hold the required Category license for the animals you are purchasing.

The Rough-scaled Python is a slender snake with a head that is quite distinct from its neck, it is the only known python species with keeled scales. The body is a pale brownish white with coarse variegations,  the lips are a creamy white.

Rough-scaled Pythons have been found in monsoon forest in sandstone gorges of the Kimberly region of north-western Australia.

Terrarium: Rough-scaled Pythons are an arboreal snake that can grow to a large size, with very few in captivity, the enclosure needs to be large enough to provide horizontal logs to bask themselves on, multiple hide rocks and maintain a thermal gradient. A terrarium that is 900x60x120cm (WxDxH) would be suitable to house a mature Rough-scaled Python, for a pair of Mature Rough-scaled Pythons 120x60x120 would provide an enclosure with adequate room for both snakes.


Lighting & heating:  UVB lighting is not essential to Rough-scaled  Pythons, however a low 2.0 spectrum fluorescent globe can be used for viewing purposes. Heating can be provided with a heat tile, mat or cord to maintain a ground surface temperature of 32°C in the hot spot.  Ambient heat can be provided with an infrared heat globe to maintain a daytime temperature of 36°C in the warm end and 25°C in the cool end, on warmer days you may not need to turn on the heat globe as the ambient temperature of the enclosure may already be high enough. A thermometer should always be used to monitor the temperature within the enclosure.


Furnishings: It is important to provide your Rough-scaled Python with a large enough of hide cave, a water bowl at the cool end, and artificial plants will give coverage and decoration. Large horizontal Logs and vines can be used within the enclosure to provide climbing enrichment. A pet bedding wood chips such as Chipsi or Critter Crumble can be used as a substrate.


Food in captivity: All snakes in captivity must be fed dead food. A Rough-scaled Python will eat a variety of frozen and thawed mice, rats and chickens of appropriate sizes. On average they will have 1-2 food items every 7-10 days.


The essentials:

  • Terrarium of appropriate size
  • Tummy heating
  • Thermometer
  • Infrared Heat globe
  • Water bowl
  • Substrate
  • Hide caves
  • Foliage for shelter
  • Large logs