One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
Genus Mehelya, family Colubridae; several species
- ‘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.’
2another term for wart snake
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