Definition of file snake in English:

file snake

noun

  • 1A widespread but rarely seen nocturnal African constricting snake which is triangular in cross section with rough scales, giving it the appearance of a three-cornered file.

    • ‘These reptiles, called file snakes, are totally aquatic.’
    • ‘Large fat reptiles, the file snakes have folds of skin with a rasp-like texture.’
    • ‘Snakes really are rather wonderful - I saw file snakes, puff adders and huge pythons.’
    • ‘When anchored underwater, file snakes are able to strike at passing fish on the menu.’
  • 2

    another term for wart snake