Rough-scaled Snake

Tropidechis carinatus

The Rough Scaled Snake, also known as the Clarence River Snake is found in isolated pockets of Coastal Queensland (Brisbane and Townsville), and Northern New South Wales.

It is found in rainforests, moist forests, heaths, pastures and regenerated forests. A diurnal snake, it is often seen during the day feeding on frogs, small reptiles and mammals.

At a maximum length of around 1 meter the body is often dark brown or olive green, and the belly is cream. Juveniles have dark bands, but this banding may be less obvious or absent in adults. It is often mistaken for a tiger snake (venomous), or a harmless keel back snake (non venomous).

When provoked, this snake is considered dangerous and aggressive, and will rapidly strike, with repetition. The venom of this species contains coagulant and neurotoxic components, and although unrelated to, is treated with Tiger Snake anti-venom.

Breeding takes place in spring and summmer and the female gives birth to live young and may produce as many as 19 per litter.  The newborn snakes are around 16 cm.

The  name comes from its scales that are raised above the surrounding scales and have rough texture.