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  Rough-scaled Snake (Tropidechis carinatus)





Rough-scaled Snake | Tropidechis carinatus photo
Rough-scaled snake approaching Frilled lizard. The event isn't as dramatic as it looks - there was a pane of glass separating the snake and the lizard ! Photographed at Pet and Animal Expo, Brisbane.

Image by ozwildlife - Some rights reserved.



ROUGH-SCALED SNAKE FACTS

Description
The Rough-scaled Snake comes in various shades of brown with irregular darker bands or blotches from back of neck fading towards the tail. Belly is cream, olive to grey, usually with darker blotches. The rough-scaled snake is both diurnal and nocturnal.

Size
90cm

Habitat
Wet sclerophyll forests, rainforests, swamps and creek margins.

Food
frogs and small mammals, occasionally birds and lizards

Breeding
gives birth to live young.

Range
The Rough-scaled Snake inhabits creeks and rivers in Queensland and New South Wales

Notes
Aggressive when harassed. Rough scaled snake venom is moderately to highly potent, though less potent than common brown snake venom, tiger snake venom and taipan venom.



Classification
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata (Serpentes)
Family:Elapidae
Genus:Tropidechis
Species:carinatus
Common Name:Rough-scaled Snake