Rough scale Python
Known as one of the rarest snakes in wild Australia, the rough-scaled python is quite elusive in the wild but has become more popular in captive circles and the pet trade. The general colour is dark brown with pale brown blotches. Towards the tail the pale blotches become larger so that the pattern appears to be reversed with a pale background and darker blotches. The head is conspicuously triangular with an obvious constricted neck area. Each scale has a keel or ridge running along its centre giving the snake its common name and a rough, sandpaper feel. With so few known specimens it is difficult to say what the maximum size of the species is; however, all snakes so far have been less than 2m in length.