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Target Species: Rough-scaled python, Morelia carinata
Location: The Kimberley, Western Australia
Director: David Wright


Location: The Kimberley is a vast, remote region to the west of Kununurra in northern WA and Hunter River is remote by even Kimberley standards.

Mission Statement:

In 1976 the only python in the world with rough or keeled scales was discovered in a remote uninhabited region of Western Australia known as The Kimberley. Since then only a handful of specimens have been found, all within a tiny area centred around the Hunter River Gorge, and only the previous year that a single pair were collected for a captive breeding project at the Australian Reptile Park. ARP Director, John Weigel, has a permit to collect an additional pair of Rough-scaled pythons for the project, but first he has to find them. Mark joins John and his team of experienced field herpetologists and wildlife officers on a 12 day expedition into the hostile wilds of The Kimberley in search of a second pair of elusive ‘rough scales’ but everything is not as John left it when last he visited the Hunter River Gorge.


The Rough-scaled python (Morelia carinata) is so called because every scale on its back bears a central keeled ridge.

Species recorded during 'After The Flood'

Species Common Name
MYOBATRACHIDAE SOUTHERN FROGS
Limnodynastes convexisculus Marbled frog
Limnodynastes ornatus Ornate burrowing frog
HYLIDAE TREEFROGS
Litoria cavernicola Cave-dwelling frog
Litoria coplandi Copland's rock frog
Litoria meiriana Rockhole frog
Litoria nasuta Rocket frog
Litoria rothi Roth's treefrog
Litoria rubella Desert treefrog
Litoria wotjulumensis Wotjulum frog
CHELIDAE SIDE-NECK TURTLES
Chelodina rugosa Northern snake-necked turtle
CROCODYLIDAE CROCODILES
Crocodylus johnstoni Johnson's freshwater crocodile
Crocodylus porosus Indo-Pacific estuarine crocodile
DIPLODACTYLIDAE SOUTHWEST PACIFIC GECKOES
Oedura filicipoda Fringe-toed velvet gecko
Oedura gracilis Gracile velvet gecko
Oedura obscura Slim velvet gecko
Oedura rhombifera Zigzag velvet gecko
Pseudothecadactylus cavaticus Kimberley giant cave gecko
GEKKONIDAE GECKOES
Gehyra xenopus Crocodile-faced dtella
Heteronotia binoei Bynoe's gecko
SCINCIDAE SKINKS
Carlia triacantha Desert four-fingered skink
Crytopblepharus plagiocephalus Callose-palmed snake-eyed skink
Ctenotus inornatus Bar-shouldered ctenotus
Cyclodomorphus megalops megalops Western black-eyed slender blue-tongue
Glaphyromorphus darwiniensis Northern mulch skink
Morethia ruficauda ruficauda Northern lined firetail skink
AGAMIDAE DRAGONS
Diporiphora bennettii Kimberley robust two-lined dragon
Diporiphora superba Superb two-lined dragon
Lophura temporalis Twin-striped lashtail dragon
VARANIDAE MONITOR LIZARDS
Varanus acanthurus acanthurus Ridge-tailed monitor
Varanus glauerti Kimberley rock monitor
Varanus glebopalma Black-palmed monitor
Varanus mertensi Merten's water monitor
PYTHONIDAE PYTHONS
Liasis olivaceus olivaceus Olive python
Morelia carinata Rough-scaled python
COLUBRIDAE TYPICAL SNAKES
Boiga fusca ornata Ornate northern banded treesnake
Dendrelaphis punctulatus Common treesnake
ELAPIDAE COBRAS & THEIR KIN
Demansia atra Black whipsnake

 


Location: The Hunter River is in the remote northwest of The Kimberley, W.A.

 

 


John Weigel, from ARP, Dr Ann Ward and Mark O’Shea in the Hunter River Gorge.

 


The huge Hunter River Gorge escarpments provide thousands of places for pythons to hide.

 



O’Shea with a rear-fanged venomous Banded treesnake (Boiga fusca ornata).


 


John Weigel with the female Rough-scaled python (Morelia carinata).

 

 


O’Shea climbs a tree in an attempt to capture a small monitor lizard.

 


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